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Aussie songwriters sue Ed Sheeran over 'blatantly copied' song

13 January 2018

According to "The Tennessean," Australian songwriters Sean Carey and Beau Golden filed the suit against the writers of Tim and Faith's latest single: pop superstar Ed Sheeran, Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid, plus Steve Mac and Amy Wadge, along with the four's respective publishing companies, claiming "The Rest of Our Life" is bears a close resemblance to their song, "When I Found You".

"The copying is, in many instances, verbatim, note-for-note copying of original elements of the song, and is obvious to the ordinary observer", the complaint reads.

The plaintiffs are represented by music industry attorney Richard Busch, partner in the Nashville-based firm King and Ballow.

In 2016, Busch was involved in the $25 million ($20 million) lawsuit against Sheeran for his song Photograph. That case ended with a settlement, which saw the two songwriters who sued Sheeran being added to the song credits and receiving a share of its royalties.

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Sony Music's Arista Nashville, the couple's record label, was also named in the lawsuit.

It's alleged that from there, other people within Sony provided the defendants - including Sheeran - with access to Rae's song.

According to the lawsuit, Carey and Golden have record deals with major labels and music direction positions with Netflix.

Below are videos of Jasmine Rae's "When I Found You" and Tim and Faith's "The Rest of Our Life".

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I feel as though Tim and Faith shouldn't be sued.Ed Sheeran wrote the song, he should be the only one sued here. The three listened and soon investigated taking legal action. She brought the issue up to Carey and Golden, who wrote "When I Found You", as well as her boyfriend, Tim Holland, who works as a marketing manager for Sony. The complaint also claims that Sony Music employees were well aware of the copying of When I Found You.

"When pressed further by (Carey and Golden), Mr. Holland indicated that he had known that the songs were substantially similar for more than two months prior to the October 5, 2017 release date of ('The Rest of Our Life')", the suit says. Soon after, its co-writers compared the songs.

Rae was informed of the songs' similarities after a tweet from a fan caught her attention.

Sony, which represents McGraw and Hill, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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An alternative theory of access is also provided in the complaint in that Sheeran was allegedly touring extensively in Australia when "When I Found You" was enjoying its biggest success on local airwaves. Each of the songs can be heard below. The pair are seeking damages and royalties to be determined in a trial. Other potential defenses include a grant of permission and independent creation.

Aussie songwriters sue Ed Sheeran over 'blatantly copied' song