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.

Related News:

  • Japan is getting a sweet Dark Souls Trilogy Box Set

    Originally released on Nintendo DS and later ported to mobile, The World Ends With You follows some hip kids in modern-day Japan. Players will be able to continue Mario's epic new world's adventure after the end of Super Mario Odyssey with the help if Luigi.
    'Destiny 2' gets numerous changes and additions with new announcement

    'Destiny 2' gets numerous changes and additions with new announcement

    This will likely be the ranking system that numerous Destiny community's PvP-focused players will be seeking to increase the most. This will focus on reducing redundant mods , more unique theming, and greatly increasing their impact on your power.

    FCA to Inject $1B in Michigan Plant

    Some of that money was earmarked for Warren, where FCA said it plans to start making the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer by 2020. Today FCA announces an additional $1 billion investment with the decision to follow through and make the move a reality.
  • First in-screen fingerprint sensor announced in a smartphone

    First in-screen fingerprint sensor announced in a smartphone

    Like right now, when it's freezing in NY and I usually have a scarf covering half my face, and Face ID won't work. Like many other smartphones, the fingerprint scanner is always waiting to detect a fingerprint when screen is off.
    Station fire causing severe delays for travellers from the East

    Station fire causing severe delays for travellers from the East

    An officer at the scene told the Notttingham Post that the building is well lit and he has "never seen an incident on this scale". We got a call at approximately 6.30am to a fire involving a toilet block - that has now spread to the roof void.
    Taylor Swift teases new 'End Game' music video

    Taylor Swift teases new 'End Game' music video

    She will begin her Reputation World Tour on May 8 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona in the USA. In addition to the new video, Taylor Swift's massive Reputation tour kicks off May 8 in Glendale, Arizona.
  • Republicans retiring in record numbers fuel fears of losing House at midterms

    Republicans retiring in record numbers fuel fears of losing House at midterms

    Primary filing deadlines are just around the corner, and vulnerable Republicans will soon need to decide whether to run again. Republicans also face the possibility that districts could be redrawn in Democrats' favor over the coming months.
    Jeremy Hunt apologises to patients whose operations are cancelled

    Jeremy Hunt apologises to patients whose operations are cancelled

    NHS patients missed eight million hospital appointments in England alone past year , costing almost £1billion of taxpayers' cash. The health secretary has apologised for non-urgent surgeries being postponed - saying it's " absolutely not what I want ".
    Tottenham Hotspur make enquiry to sign Lucas Moura in cut price deal

    Tottenham Hotspur make enquiry to sign Lucas Moura in cut price deal

    The PSG wideman was a transfer target for the Merseyside club two years ago, but no negotiations took place between the two clubs. Blessed with huge potential, Lucas Moura could certainly add an extra dimension to the slightly jaded Manchester United attack.
  • Celine Dion to perform in Singapore for the first time

    Celine Dion to perform in Singapore for the first time

    She sat on the throne of power ballads, with hits like The Power of Love, Because You Loved Me and Where Does My Heart Beat Now . Dion managed to offer some kind words of support for the woman, saying: "2018 we're gonna make a change for your baby".
    Patients dying prematurely in A&E corridors, department heads warn Theresa May

    Patients dying prematurely in A&E corridors, department heads warn Theresa May

    But the letter says: "Our experience at the frontline is that these plans have failed to deliver anywhere near what was needed". In December 2016, 86.2% of A&E patients were seen in time, meaning the NHS success rate has fallen by 1.1% in just 12 months.
    At snail's pace, German parties inch toward coalition talks

    At snail's pace, German parties inch toward coalition talks

    Should the parties miss their self-imposed deadline, they could still extend the talks, but negotiators said that was unlikely. However, Schulz, a former president of the European Parliament, said any new government needed to "strengthen Europe".


Most liked

UR President Joel Seligman will resign
University officials said they would consider the findings in the more than 200-page report before determining how to respond. From the start, they questioned the committee's independence.

Allardyce admits he has his sights set on Walcott
I'll be very excited and enthused once somebody, if it's not Theo then somebody else, has actually signed on the dotted line. I wouldn't think he had that mentality that it was not the right place to go to get first-team football.

States Should Have Final Say on Marijuana
Marijuana is illegal under federal law, but most states have legalized the plant for either recreational or medicinal purposes. Jay Marion works at the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center in Shreveport and is on the Louisiana Medical Marijuana Advisory Board.

Guardiola and Kane win December Premier League awards
The Catalan has been a dominant force in the English top-flight this season, with his team sweeping aside all before them. Liverpool FC have won their last four Premier League games against Manchester City at Anfield .

Arizona vs. Oregon State - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nowell carried Washington in the first half with 11 points and he got help from his supporting cast in the final 20 minutes. Arizona shot 38 percent from the floor and 2-for-11 from 3-point range while OSU shot 34 percent and hit 2-of-7 from deep.

Vikings Begin Playoff Run
On top of that, Minnesota has been lights-out defensively at home, limiting opponents to five touchdowns at U.S. The offense, conversely, converted 8-for-12 of third downs and went a flawless 5-for-5 in the red zone.

Samsung Galaxy S9 box reveals specs of the upcoming flagship
Most leaks point to the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S9 at the MWC 2018, however accurate pricing details are not known yet. It is confirmed that Samsung Display announced its goal which is to mass-produce foldable panels at the end of this year.

Trump steps up rhetorical support for Iran protestors
Some videos showed protesters chanting " Death to the dictator!" and " Death to Rouhani ", the Iranian president. Washington is considering new sanctions on those responsible for the crackdown on protesters.

Hazard says he'll 'never' leave Chelsea
But the Belgium global has now quashed rumours that he will leave the Blues by confirming he intends to sign a new deal. Eden Hazard has confirmed he will sign a new contract at Chelsea after Thibaut Courtois does the same.

Infosys To Announce Q3 Earnings Today: 5 Things To Watch Out For
His predecessor Vishal Sikka quit late previous year , after a long-drawn public fued with Infosys' founders. Sequentially too, revenue growth was flat (1 per cent) from Rs 17,657 crore quarter ago.

Stokes named in England test squad for NZ
Bowlers Jake Ball and Tom Curran are out - while Durham speed merchant Mark Wood is included for the two Tests in March and April. A decision as to whether Stokes will be charged is expected by the Criminal Prosecution Service soon.

Chelsea owner Abramovich holds crisis talks with Conte; exit decision made
When Allegri initially replaced Conte at Juventus , it did not go down well with the Juventus fans but he eventually won them over.

Baltimore bystander catches hospital staff dumping patient on the street
Hospital officials have not said why the woman, who was being discharged from the emergency room, was admitted to the hospital. The workers, one of whom was pushing an empty wheelchair, ignored Baraka as he asked whether there was a supervisor available.

Trump says he doesn't think Winfrey will run
If she does indeed enter the fray, Winfrey could enter a Democratic field that potentially includes at least two New Yorkers: Gov. President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka is endorsing Oprah Winfrey's message, if not a political future, in a recent tweet .

In a first, woman lawyer elevated as Supreme Court Judge
Justice Gogoi said that by placing the facts before the nation, they have discharged debt to the nation. Replying a question, Justice Chelameswar said they were speaking only on their behalf.