Ed Sheeran, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill sued for “The Rest of Our Life” (Settled)

UPDATE 11/13/2018:

Sounds like this one is all wrapped up. According to The Sydney Morning Herald:

A lawyer for the songwriters said all parties have agreed in principle to settle the case, and have it dismissed in 30 days if all “final issues” are resolved.

The settlement was disclosed in a letter filed on Thursday night with the US District Court in Manhattan. – Australian songwriters settle copyright suit with Ed Sheeran

Here’s the original post:

Hollywood Reporter posted on 1/10/2018 that, “Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, who together released a song in October [2017] titled ‘The Rest of Our Life,’ along with Ed Sheeran who is credited with co-writing this tune, have all been hauled into court in the latest copyright lawsuit targeting a chart-topper.”  The similarities seem pretty obvious to me. As you can see by the links at the bottom of this post, this isn’t the first time Ed Sheeran made news on this site.

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Ed Sheeran – “The Rest of Our Life” (2017)

Jasmine Rae – When I Found You (2015)

YouTube user ThePermuted uploaded a version with them mixed on top of each other.

The complaint was filed on Wednesday in New York federal court by Sean Carey and Beau Golden, two Australians who say the McGraw/Hill track is “blatant copying” of their own 2014 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,” states the complaint.

Richard Busch, who successfully won a trial for the family of Marvin Gaye in the “Blurred Lines” lawsuit, is representing the plaintiff. The Nashville-based attorney previously took on Sheeran in a $20 million copyright lawsuit over another hit, “Photograph.” That case ended in a settlement that resulted in two suing songwriters being added to credits and gaining a significant share of royalties.

Now, with song theft allegations continuing to draw great attention (see the fuss this week over how the publisher of Radiohead’s “Creep” is making legal demands over Lana Del Rey’s “Get Free”), three music superstars along with co-writers Johnny McDaid and Amy Wadge as well as music industry giants Sony/ATV, Universal Polygram, WB Music plus others must respond to new charges of ripping off material. In this case, it’s alleged that the copying was fully known by employees of Sony Music.
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/ed-sheeran-penned-song-tim-mcgraw-is-target-copyright-lawsuit-1073696

You can download a PDF of the official New York District Court filing here which includes some notated examples like this:

 

See Also

Ed Sheeran being sued for “Thinking Out Loud”

Ed Sheeran Being Sued $20M for Photograph

Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran vs. Elvis Presley

Ed Sheeran vs. Yacht vs. The Rolling Stones

Marvin Gaye family awarded $7.4M in Blurred Lines Trial

 

 

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Radiohead is Suing Lana Del Rey for “Creep” Soundalike

Long time readers and listeners of this site might not be too surprised about this current lawsuit and soundalike. Back in 2009 I posted about the similarities of Radiohead’s 1992 hit “Creep” and The Hollies “The Air That I Breathe” (1974). Since then some readers have suggested some new ones. And today it has come to my attention that Radiohead is suing Lana Del Rey for her song “Get Free” (2017).  It’s definitely pretty similar. But what about all of these other songs before??? Have a listen to to all of them!

 

The Hollies - "The Air That I Breathe" (1974)
Radiohead - "Creep" (1992)
Raemonn - "Only When You Sleep" (2001)

Christophe – “Aline” (1965)

Brandi Carlile – “Follow” (2005)

 

 

 

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“Let it Go” is being sued

I’m surprised it took this long for this soundalike to surface. Given its iconic worldwide status the song “Let it Go” (2013) from the Disney film “Frozen” is facing a soundalike.  Chilean-born songwriter and producer Jaime Ciero wrote a song called “Volar” in 2008 and is suing the “Let it Go” camp. Have a listen to them both.

More info about the lawsuit at TubeFilter

More info and a TMZ photograph that probably has nothing to do with this story here.

Skip to 1:00 for the main “Let it Go” hook. Chances are you heard it before and don’t even have to. I apologize in advance for this will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day 🙂

Skip to :56 for what seems to be the main hook:

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