Mariah Carey dealing with £16m lawsuit over All I Need For Christmas Is You track

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Mariah Carey is dealing with a $20 million (£16m) lawsuit for copyright infringement over her iconic track All I Need For Christmas Is You.

The five-time Grammy award winner and her co-writer Walter Afanasieff are each being sued by songwriter Andy Stone, who claims he co-wrote a monitor with the identical title in 1989.

In authorized paperwork filed in Louisana, Mr Stone states he has by no means given permission for the track for use and claims Ms Carey and her collaborators “knowingly, wilfully, and deliberately engaged in a marketing campaign” to infringe his copyright.

He has additionally accused them of performing in a manner that was “designed to take advantage of the recognition and distinctive type” of his track, including that it “precipitated confusion”, in line with the court docket paperwork.

The 2 songs have completely different lyrics and melodies.

The go well with goes on to accuse the defendants of committing “acts of unjust enrichment by the unauthorised appropriation of plaintiff’s work and the goodwill related therewith”.

The lawsuit provides that Mr Stone is in search of damages of $20 million (£16 million).

Launched by Ms Carey on her 1994 album Merry Christmas, the track has gone on to turn out to be one of the well-known festive hits and has been streamed multiple billion occasions on Spotify.

The album additionally noticed nice success, turning into the best-selling US Christmas album of all time, with greater than 15 million copies offered worldwide.

Representatives of Mariah Carey have been contacted for a remark.

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