This country couple are sticking by Ed Sheeran.
According to TMZ, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have filed court documents indicating that Ed did not plagiarize “The Rest Of Our Life”, a song the three artists are credited on with several other songwriters. Tim and Faith originally recorded the duet in 2017.
In January 2018, Sheeran, Hill, McGraw and the other writers of the song were sued by songwriters Beau Golden and Sean Carey, accusing the defendants of “blatant copying” a song they wrote in 2014 called “When I Found You”.
“The copying is, in many instances, verbatim, note-for-note copying of original elements of the Song, and is obvious to the ordinary observer,” states the complaint, a copy of which was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
The song in question — “When I Found You” — was recorded by singer Jasmine Rae, and became a hit in Australia.
Tim and Faith’s response to the original lawsuit backs Ed, but notes that if there is validity to Golden and Carey’s claims and the songwriters do suffer damages, they as performers are not legally responsible.
The lawyer representing Golden and Carey is Nashville-based attorney Richard Busch, who has already faced off against Sheeran in court after filing a $20-million copyright lawsuit over his song “Photograph”, which ended in a settlement that earned the suing songwriters writing credits on the song and a significant share of the royalties.
Busch also represented the family of late soul singer Marvin Gaye in their successful copyright infringement lawsuit against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over “Blurred Lines”.
Sheeran, however, is fighting back. Per a previous TMZ report, his lawyers have filed their own court documents in which Sheeran says there is zero evidence of any copyright infringement.
In the documents, Sheeran insists he didn’t feel the need to seek permission from Golden and Carey because “The Rest of Our Life” is an “originally and independently created musical composition.”
Sheeran says the songwriters’ claims are baseless, and is asking for the judge to dismiss their lawsuit.
So just how similar are the two songs? Compare and contrast: