Carrie Underwood sued for NFL song “Game On”

In a suit filed in Manhattan federal court against Underwood, NBC and the NFL, Heidi Merrill, a country singer who found some success a few years ago with a song for the Nebraska Cornhuskers college football team, alleges that she and her team penned her version of “Game On” in 2016 and that it was featured in March 2017 during a broadcast of CBS’ “Inside College Basketball.”

Sam Israel, an attorney representing the plaintiffs, said that in August 2017 the plaintiffs passed the song along to Underwood’s producer to pitch to Underwood.

Israel said that an assistant for Underwood’s producer told the plaintiffs that “we’re going to have to pass” on Merrill’s song.  Read more at NY Post

I had a few listens. It seems maybe the line “Game On” is somewhat similar. But I guess that if Merrill’s team pitched this to Underwood then it’s a bit suspect. Listen for yourself:

Chorus:

Full Songs:

Heidi Merrill – “Game On” (2017)

Carrie Underwood – “Game On” (2018)

 

See also:

NFL on Fox Theme vs. Sleigh Ride

Kelly Clarkson vs. Spoon

Other songs that made it to court

Logan Paul Sued for “No Handlebars”

Billboard.com reports that, “Colorado rap-rock group Flobots is suing YouTube star Logan Paul for copyright infringement over his 2017 single “No Handlebars,” documents filed in U.S. District Court in California show.”

“In the suit, Flobots claim Paul’s “No Handlebars” “copies prominent, qualitatively and quantitively important, original parts” of their 2008 single “Handlebars,” thereby infringing their copyright. They are seeking actual damages in addition to profits “that are attributable to the copyrighted material,” an accounting of “all profits, income, receipts, or other benefits” derived by Paul and Maverick Media from “No Handlebars,” an injunction barring them from further infringing their copyright and the establishment of a “running royalty on all future exploitations” of the song.”

Have a listen!

Logan Paul - "No Handlebars" (2017)
Flobots - "Handlebars" (2008)

Marshmello “Happier” vs. OneRepublic “I Lived” Remix by Arty

I had to give this one a few listens. I was expecting more but after a few listens you can really hear the main keyboard hook in both. The odd thing here is the “original” track is actually a remix. But alas, it’s 2019 and here we are.

Nashville copyright attorney Richard Busch, who previously represented the Marvin Gaye estate in its suit against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ “Blurred Lines,” is representing Arty. The DJ is seeking “actual damages in addition to Defendants’ profits both domestically and relating to foreign sales of other exploitation of ‘Happier’ that were manufactured, distributed or otherwise infringed domestically,” along with a “running royalty on all future exploitations of ‘Happier’ following judgement in an amount to be determined.”

“Everything we have to say at this time is set forth in detail in the Complaint,” Busch tells Rolling Stone. “This includes of course the facts setting forth, among other things, access, and a thorough and compelling musical transcription comparison that shows, as we said in the Complaint, note for note copying of Arty’s work.”

A rep for Marshmello did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

RollingStone.com

Marshmello ft. Bastille – Happier (2018)
Skip to about 1:00

OneRepublic – I Lived (Arty Remix) (2014)
Skip to about 1:45

See Also:

Is Robin Thicke & Pharrell Williams’ Blurred Lines day in court finally over?

OneRepublic vs. Motley Crue