Uh-Oh, Ed Sheeran Has Been Accused Of Plagiarising Two Australian Songwriters

Carla Harmon
January 13, 2018

Co-writers Ed Sheeran, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have been hit with a lawsuit that claims their hit "The Rest of Our Life" was copied from another song.

A former member of Thirsty Merc is one of two Australian musicians suing Ed Sheeran, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill for alleged "blatant copying" of a country song.

Australian singer Jasmine Rae released When I Found You under her name in 2015, and it was the most played song on Australian country radio, according to the complaint, filed in the US District Court in NY.

Sheeran, along with co-writers Johnny McDaid, Steve Mac (real name Steve McCutcheon) and Amy Wadge and their respective publishing companies were accused of ripping off "When I Found You", by that song's co-writers Sean Carey and Beau Golden.

They allege he may have even provided access to the original song to Sony Music in an attempt to "gain exposure for Ms Rae and promote her work".

It is also suggested that someone at Sony may have facilitated the copying, saying: "It very well may have been an agent of Sony Music Entertainment who provided the other defendants herein with access to the [allegedly infringed] song".

"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 reads. "When pressed further by Plaintiffs, Mr. Holland indicated that he had known that the songs were substantially similar for more than two months prior to the October 5, 2017 release date of the Infringing Song/Infringing Sound Recording".

Holland is not named as a defendant in the suit, and Rae is not a plaintiff, though she and the plaintiffs are said to have enjoyed "excellent professional relationships and communication since the song's creation".

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Below are videos of Jasmine Rae's "When I Found You" and Tim and Faith's "The Rest of Our Life".

Carey and Golden are being represented by attorney Richard Busch, who previously won an infamous copyright suit on behalf of Marvin Gaye's family against Robin Thicke and Pharrell's Blurred Lines, and led a $US20 million suit against Sheeran's Photograph which was settled out of court.

The lawsuit also presents musical transcription excerpts of each of the songs to make the case of substantial similarity. Sony Music declined comment.

The Australian pair are reportedly seeking $6.3 million ($5 million USD) in damages from Sheeran (pictured here in December 2017) and also want the Tim McGraw and Faith Hill version to be permanently blocked.

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