Ed Sheeran accused of plagiarism by Aussie songwriters

Two Australians assert that

Sean Carey, a former guitarist in the band Thirsty Merc, and keyboardist and songwriter Beau Golden say The Rest Of Our Life, a song by McGraw and Hill and co-written by Sheeran, is substantially similar to their track When I Found You.

Ed Sheeran is facing claims a song he co-wrote copied an earlier tune by two Australian songwriters.

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.

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".

Sheeran, along with co-writers Johnny McDaid, Steve Mac (real name Steve McCutcheon) and Amy Wadge and their respective publishing firms were named.

Rae was informed of the songs' similarities after a tweet from a fan caught her attention.

Carey and Golden claim in their lawsuit that the two songs are musically, lyrically and thematically similar. The song was released by Arista Nashville, a division of Sony Music, which was also named in the lawsuit.

There's also a relationship tie between Sony and "When I Found You" performer Jasmine Rae, according to 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 reads.

Carey and Golden are seeking injunctive relief and at least $5 million in actual damages plus profits, a running royalty and an award of attorney's fees and costs.

"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.

The filing alleges Tim Holland, Rae's boyfriend, knew about the similarities of the songs before the McGraw/Hill track was released because of his job with Sony Music Australia.

Stream "The Rest Of Our Life" and "When I Found You" below alongside the court documents, and judge for yourself.

The pair also suggest Sheeran would have known about Rae's song, as he was touring Australia at the time of its chart success and radio airplay in 2016.

They're being backed by star lawyer Richard Busch - you might remember him as the guy who successfully represented Marvin Gaye's family in the 'Blurred Lines' lawsuit a few years ago.

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