Famous artists who have been accused of plagiarism
Mariah Carey sued for US$20 million for allegedly stealing 'All I Want For Christmas Is You'
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Copyright infringement in the music industry can be tricky. While some songs accidentally sound like others, many hit tracks we know have actually used samples or riffs from older records without attributing proper credit, which can get artists in legal trouble. Is imitation truly the sincerest form of flattery? Many musicians don't seem to think so...
Over 25 years since its release, Mariah Carey is now facing a US$20 million lawsuit over her 1994 smash holiday hit, 'All I Want for Christmas Is You,' by another artist who wrote a song of the same name first. Andy Stone, a New Orleans-born musician who performs as Vince Vance and the Valiants, filed a civil lawsuit against Carey, co-writer Walter Afanasieff, and Sony Music Entertainment in Louisiana, alleging "copyright infringement and unjust enrichment" over a successful song he co-wrote in Nashville and released in 1989, People reports.
Stone claims his guitar-led country ballad 'All I Want for Christmas Is You,' which features vocals from Lisa Layne, received "extensive airplay" on the radio during the 1993 Christmas season. While the songs don't share musical similarities or lyrics aside from the title, the filing claims the defendants "never sought or obtained permission" to use the song's title and Stone never gave permission, consent, or a license to use it either.
Carey's iconic pop Christmas song has repeatedly topped the Billboard Hot 100, became the only Christmas song to become certified Diamond, has amassed over a billion streams on Spotify, and is estimated to have earned at least US$60 million in royalties, so it's not hard to believe that Stone could make a pretty penny should he win.
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