Mariah Carey has been sued in america for alleged copyright infringement over her international hit 1994 track “All I Need for Christmas Is You,” court docket paperwork present. The plaintiff, a musician named Andy Stone, says he co-wrote and recorded a festive track of the identical identify in 1989 and by no means gave permission for it for use. Within the swimsuit filed on Friday in Louisiana, Stone alleges that Carey and her co-writer Walter Afanasieff “knowingly, willfully, and deliberately engaged in a marketing campaign to infringe” his copyright.
He’s in search of damages of $20 million for alleged monetary loss. Carey’s track is without doubt one of the most profitable music singles of all time, topping the charts in additional than two dozen nations and having fun with appreciable airtime each Christmas. It options prominently within the 2003 Christmas-themed romantic comedy movie “Love Really.” The track has offered an estimated 16 million copies worldwide and earned Carey a reported $60 million in royalties during the last three a long time. Stone’s track, launched together with his band Vince Vance and the Valiants, loved reasonable success on Billboard’s nation music charts.
Regardless of having the identical titles, the songs sound completely different and have completely different lyrics. Stone, although, accuses Carey and Afanasieff of aiming to “exploit the recognition and distinctive fashion” his track, inflicting “confusion.” “Defendants’ unauthorized use of the ‘All I Need for Christmas is You’ in affiliation with their exploitation of the spinoff work acts to capitalize on the goodwill and distinctive expertise of Plaintiff in an effort to acquire business benefit,” the swimsuit says. It was unclear why Stone has filed the swimsuit virtually 30 years after Carey launched her track.
The doc states that Stone’s attorneys first contacted Carey and Afanasieff final yr however the events had been “unable to come back to any settlement.” Carey’s publicist didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from AFP. It isn’t unusual for songs to have the identical title. Some 177 works are listed beneath the title “All I Need for Christmas Is You” on the web site of america Copyright Workplace. – AFP