In January, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Ed Sheeran were among the names listed in a copyright infringement lawsuit over the song “The Rest Of Our Life.” Now, Sheeran, one of the composers of the tune, is firing back, saying the song is an “originally and independently created musical composition.”
Sheeran filed his answer to the lawsuit in federal court on Monday, MSN reveals, asking a judge to dismiss the case.
“Defendant respectfully requests that the Complaint be dismissed in its entirety and that Defendant be awarded such other and further relief as the Court deems just and proper, including attorneys’ fees and costs,” the court documents read.
The papers also state that the Irish-born singer and his co-writers “did not have access to and/or did not copy ‘When I Found You.'”
The lawsuit first came about when two Australian-based songwriters, Sean Carey and Beau Golden, stated that the song is a blatant copy of “When I Found You,” a song they wrote in 2014 and later recorded by Jasmine Rae.
“The copying is, in many instances, verbatim, note-for-note copying of original elements of the Song, and is obvious to the ordinary observer,” the plaintiffs stated in the complaint.
The Hollywood Reporter also revealed that employees at Sony knew of the similarity, but did not say anything about it. Rae’s boyfriend Tim Holland, a marketing manager for Sony, reportedly avoided reporting the possible infringement to the record label.
No word yet on the judge’s decision.
Sheeran was involved in a similar case in 2016 when a co-writer of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” claimed that Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” was a carbon copy. The case was eventually dismissed.