Ed Sheeran, Tim McGraw sued for copyright infringement by Australian musicians

Ed Sheeran accused of copying an Australian song

The Rest of Our Life, a song Sheeran co-wrote for USA country stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, has been hit with a lawsuit by Sydney songwriters Sean Carey and Beau Golden, who claim the track is "almost a note-for-note copy" of their song with Rae, When I Found You.

American country superstars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are also being sued over the song, The Rest of Our Life, which was performed by Hill and McGraw and co-written by Sheeran.

Australian singer Jasmine Rae released When I Found You under her name in 2015, and it was the most played song on Australian country radio, according to the complaint, filed in the US District Court in NY.

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

This time, Sheeran is named in the lawsuit alongside co-writers Johnny McDaid and Amy Wadge, as well as Sony/ATV, Universal Polygram and WB Music.

The lawsuit claims Holland, who was in close contact with Sony's country music wing in America, spruiked Rae's song in the hopes of promoting her work within the label.

The complaint, which was filed on Wednesday (January 10), alleges that the 2014 song was knowingly ripped off. "When I Found You" was released on ABC Records by co-writer and recording artist Jasmine Rae and was a hit in Australia.


They made a decision to listen to both songs and immediately began to take steps toward legal action.

Busch writes that Rae wanted to involve in the process her boyfriend, Tim Holland, who was a marketing manager for Sony.

The filing alleges Tim Holland, Rae's boyfriend, knew about the similarities of the songs before the McGraw/Hill track was released because of his job with Sony Music Australia.

Carey and Golden are being represented by Richard Busch, who won the highly-publicised trial against Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines. The suit seeks a permanent injunction to block the use of the song, $5 million in damages, as well as profits, royalties, and attorney fees.

Holland is not named as a defendant in the suit, and Rae is not a plaintiff, though she and the plaintiffs are said to have enjoyed "excellent professional relationships and communication since the song's creation".

"When pressed further by plaintiffs", it adds, "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 infringing song/infringing sound recording".

Stream "The Rest Of Our Life" and "When I Found You" below alongside the court documents, and judge for yourself.

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