Music Mondays – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill settle copyright lawsuit with Australian songwriters

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 02: Recording artists Tim McGraw (L) and Faith Hill attend the 52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards at Toshiba Plaza on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Two Australian musicians have settled a lawsuit with Ed Sheeran, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill for alleged “blatant copying” of a country song.

The lawsuit, launched in the US by ex-Thirsty Merc guitarist Sean Carey and keyboardist-producer Beau Golden, accuses McGraw and Hill’s song ‘The Rest Of Our Life’ (which was co-written by Sheeran) of ripping off Australian artist Jasmine Rae’s song ‘When I Found You’, which was co-written by Carey and Golden.

Filing a lawsuit in a US district this January they accused Sheeran and company of ‘willful copyright infringement’. They even went as far to suggest that label Sony had been implicit in encouraging ‘blatant’ copying.

“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 read.

But now it seems that all the parties have settled the case.

As the Sydney Morning Herald reports, a lawyer representing the Australian writers has released a statement claiming that the formerly feuding parties have ‘in principle’ agreed to bury the hatchet. The matter will be dismissed in 30 days if all ‘final issues’ are resolved.

– Excerpt from an article written by Riley Fitzgerald for Music Feeds. Find the full article here

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