Faith Hill and Tim McGraw released the song ‘The Rest of Our Life’ – co-written by Ed Sheeran – in October 2017.
Sean Carey and Beau Golden, both from Australia, have since filed a complaint in the New York federal court, saying that the song is ‘blatant copying’ of their song ‘When I Found You’.
They’re seeking $5 million in damages, as well as injunctive relief.
The original song was released in Australia. One theory behind the alleged infringement stems from Ed Sheeran’s stint touring the country at a time when the original song was broadcasted widely.
But it’s not just Ed Sheeran, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw that might’ve landed in hot water over the allegation of infringement– several other co-writers were involved in the production, including Sony.
Sean Carey and Beau Golden claim that Sony employees were fully aware of the infringement and blame them for allowing it to happen in the first place.
The New York Federal Court now need to consider whether the song satisfies the components of copyright.
It’s yet to be seen whether Carey and Golden will succeed.
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