Popular singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran has been implicated in a lawsuit regarding copyright infringement, due to a song he co-wrote; “The Rest Of Our Life”.
Released on October 5th 2017, the song in question was penned for successful country artists Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and went on to achieve moderate success, reaching number 26 and number 18 on the US Country Airplay and Hot Country Songs charts, respectively.
However, Australian songwriters Sean Carey and Beau Golden claim that the song plagiarises their 2014 track, “When I Found You” (written for singer Jasmine Rae), stating that it is a blatant copy – “the copying is, in many instances, verbatim, note-for-note copying of the original elements of the song, and is obvious to the ordinary observer.”
The duo are reportedly looking for around five million dollars to cover unpaid royalties, damages and legal fees.
Apparently, the pair (along with Rae) became aware of the similarities between their track and the country duo’s hit when a fan tweeted about it, leading them to seek legal action. As of January 14th, neither Sheeran, McGraw, Hill or any of the co-writers have responded to the claims.
Allegations of plagiarism have been on the rise, perhaps due to the highly publicised Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams case in 2015, which saw the judge rule their 2013 track “Blurred Lines” too similar to Marvin Gaye’s 1977 smash hit, “Got To Give It Up”. As a result, Gaye’s family were to be awarded around 7 million dollars, although this sum decreased after an appeal shortly after.
Interestingly, the lawyer who represented Gaye’s family, Richard Busch, is also representing Carey and Golden in their legal action, and has taken on a copyright infringement case involving Sheeran before, regarding the UK singer’s 2015 chart-topping release of “Photograph”.
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