Ed sheeran - Dawn Ellmore employment on the latest copyright claim against the singer
1. Ed Sheeran - Dawn Ellmore Employment on the latest copyright
claim against the singer
A pair of Australian songwriters are the latest artists to file a copyright claim against
Ed Sheeran. This time it involves his song The Rest of Our Life, with the duo
claiming it infringes on a song they own.
The Rest Of Our Life was co-written by mega-country artists Faith Hill and Tim
McGraw for their new album of duets, who are also named as defendants, along with
Sony Music Entertainment.
The claimants, Beau Golden and Sean Carey, filed the claim at the US District Court
for the Southern District of New York on 10 January 2018. They said: “The copying
is, in many instances, verbatim, note-for-note copying of important and original
elements of the song, and is obvious to the ordinary observer.”
Songwriters Carey, Golden and a third, Jasmine Rae (not named as a plaintiff),
wrote When I Found You in 2014. It was subsequently released in 2015 and,
according to Carey and Golden, has so far been streamed more than 150,000 times
on Spotify and had 64,000 YouTube views.
2. The pair have also alleged that not only did Sony know that the song had been
copied, but did nothing to prevent it. The claim states: “it very well may have been an
agent of Sony Music Entertainment who provided the other defendants” with the
song. They’re looking for $5 million in damages and injunctive relief.
The attorney acting for the plaintiffs is Richard Busch, a partner at King & Ballow. He
has already brought an earlier copyright suit against Sheeran, with different plaintiffs
over his song Photograph.
This prior copyright infringement claim looked for $20 million damages because
Photograph was alleged to have similar elements to track performed by Matt Cardle
(the 2010 winner of the UK’s X Factor. The claim was dismissed in April 2017, but
the plaintiffs were subsequently added as co-authors of the song, according to The