The lawsuit, launched in the USA 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.
Sean Carey and Beau Golden filed their lawsuit in NY federal court on Wednesday (Jan. 10), the Hollywood Reporter reports.
The plaintiffs didn't stop their allegations there-according to the claim, "it very well may have been an agent of Sony Music Entertainment who provided the other defendants" with access to their song.
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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.
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Busch writes that Rae wanted to involve in the process her boyfriend, Tim Holland, who was a marketing manager for Sony.
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.
Busch also famously won a case for the family of Marvin Gaye against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for the song "Blurred Lines".
The lawsuit later states that when Holland was first asked about the similarities between the two songs, the Sony employee chose to remain silent on the matter to avoid any confrontation with his company.
"When pressed further by plaintiffs", it adds, "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". The defendants are seeking over $6 million in damages, and continuing royalties on newer song.
Sony Music, McGraw, Hill and Sheeran have all yet to comment on the lawsuit. "The Rest of Our Life" has 9.6 million views on YouTube and more than 8 million streams on Spotify, while "When I Found You", described on its release in 2015 as the "ultimate wedding song", has more than 61,000 views on YouTube and 163,000 hits on Spotify.