“The Rest of Our Life,” a song released by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill and co-written by Ed Sheeran, is the subject of a lawsuit from Australian songwriters Sean Carey and Beau Golden. The suit, filed Wednesday in New York federal court, claims the McGraw/Hill song “blatant[ly] copyed” their 2014 song “When I Found You,” which was performed by Jasmine Rae. The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter “The copying is, in many instances, verbatim, note-for-note copying of original elements of the Song, and is obvious to the ordinary observer,” the complaint reads.
Carey and Golden are represented by attorney Richard Busch, who won the pivotal “Blurred Lines” case that saw Marvin Gaye’s family win a $5.3 million victory over Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over similarities between that song and Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” Busch was also behind a $20 million lawsuit against Sheeran over the song “Photograph.” That case was settled, with the songwriters being added to the credits.
Sheeran’s co-writers, Johnny McDaid, Steve Mac and Amy Wadge, are also named in the suit along with several publishers, which seeks $5 million in damages along with an injunction for it to be permanently blocked. The complaint singles out Sony, the home company of Sheeran’s publisher Sony/ATV, as being complicit. “It very well may have been an agent of Sony Music Entertainment who provided the other defendants herein with access to the Song,” it reads. The complaint makes detailed accusations against an Australian Sony Music employee named Tim Holland, who is Rae’s boyfriend, for not speaking up about the similarities between the two songs, despite his admitting that he’d noticed them. It also claims that he’d “presented” Rae’s song to Sony Music “in an effort to gain exposure for Ms. Rae and promote her work.” Rae is not involved in the case, related. Other publishers named in the suit are Rokstone Music Ltd., Universal Polygram International Publishing, Inc., Cookie Jar Music LLP, WB Music Corp.,Kobalt Music Services America, Inc., and Bucks Music Group Limited. A rep for Sony/ATV had no comment when contacted by Variety.
The “Blurred Lines” decision has had a profound effect on the music industry, as evidenced by a current copyright dispute between Radiohead and Lana Del Rey over similarities between their song “Creep” (which was itself the object of a successful lawsuit by the writers of the Hollies 1974 hit “The Air That I Breathe”) and her track “Get Free.” The common outcome has been settlements, most recently involving similarities between Sam Smith’s 2014 hit “Stay With Me” and Tom Petty’s 1990 song “I Won’t Back Down,” the writers of TLC’s 1999 hit “No Scrubs” being added to the credits of Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” and lawsuits involving the credits for
Mark Ronson’s 2014 hit collaboration with Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk,” which saw members of the Gap Band being added to the credits. Late last month Ronson was sued by the rights-holders of Zapp’s 1980 “More Bounce to the Ounce” over similarities between that song and “Uptown Funk.
God is not unjust he will not forget your work & the love you have shown him as you have helped his people & continue to help them
Satan will try to convince you that you don’t count for much in God’s kingdom because you don’t have a high-profile gift like preaching, teaching, or leading in public. Nothing could be further from the truth: ‘God…will not forget your work and the love you have shown…as you…helped his people.’ God sees you working behind the scenes day in and day out, caring for aging loved ones, raising your children, encouraging others, and contributing where you can. Will Rogers said, ‘We can’t all be heroes. Somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.’ So when you think you’re too small to do big things, try doing small things with a big heart of love. You never know what you can do until you try! James Sizoo said: ‘Glamour isn’t greatness, applause isn’t fame, and prominence isn’t eminence. The man of the hour isn’t apt to be the man of the ages. A stone may sparkle but that doesn’t make it a diamond. People may have money but that doesn’t make them a success. It’s the seemingly unimportant people who determine the course of history. The greatest forces in the universe are never spectacular. Summer showers do more good than hurricanes, but they don’t get a lot of publicity. The world would soon die but for the fidelity, loyalty, creativity, and commitment of those whose names are unhonored and unsung.’ Today God values what you do. ‘Don’t get discouraged and give up, for [you] will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time’ (See Galatians 6:9).
Prayer Heavenly Father,
I have peace knowing that You know me and know what You can do through me in small important ways!
Thank You for working through me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen