The complaint was filed on Wednesday (Jan. 10) in NY federal court by ex-Thirsty Merc guitarist Sean Carey and keyboardist-producer Beau Golden, who say the McGraw/Hill work "The Rest of Our Life", released through Arista Nashville in 2017, is "blatant copying" of their own 2014 piece "When I Found You", performed by Jasmine Rae and released by ABC Records.
"When I Found You" was written in 2014 by Australian songwriters Carey, Golden, and Jasmine Rae (who is not a plaintiff), and the song was released in 2015.
The lawsuit calls it "blatant copying, in many instances, verbatim, note-for-note copying of original elements of the song, and is obvious to the ordinary observer".
Also named in the lawsuit are fellow songwriters Johnny McDaid and Amy Wadge along with Sony/ATV, Universal Polygram and WB Music to name a few.
Rae was informed of the songs' similarities after a tweet from a fan caught her attention. In the complaint, the two allege that "The Rest of Our Life" is a copy of their song "When I Found You", which was released by Jasmine Rae on ABC Records and became a hit in Australia.
The 26-year-old is listed as a co-writer for the song The Rest Of Our Life by A-list country couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. The song was released by Arista Nashville, a division of Sony Music, which was also named in the lawsuit.
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"During this conversation, Mr. Holland admitted to knowing about the Infringing Song months in advance of its release because he was tasked with promoting and marketing the Infringing Song and Infringing Sound Recording before its release", the complaint states. The defendants are seeking over $6 million in damages, and continuing royalties on newer song.
The reason for her absence from the suit is awkwardly surmised in Carey and Golden's complaint, with the songwriters suggesting Rae's boyfriend, a marketing manager for Sony Music who was involved in promoting The Rest of Our Life in Australia, was aware of the similarities between the songs for more than two months before its release.
"He works directly with the Tim and Faith label team in Nashville", Rae wrote in an email to Carey and Golden, according to the lawsuit.
TIO reached out to Sony Music for comment.
The McGraw/Hill song has been popular, with more than 8 million streams of Spotify.