Recently, it has become known that the famous singer Mariah Carey was sued for copyright of All I Want For Christmas Is You a news that without a doubt managed to surprise the fans.
That’s right, everything seems to indicate that Mariah Carey has been sued for “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by the Louisiana Country songwriter.
One of the most popular Christmas songs of all time is being contested legally by a country music songwriter who alleges copyright infringement over “All I Want for Christmas Is You”.
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Thus, Mariah Carey and co-writer Walter Afansieff are named in the lawsuit by songwriter Andy Stone, who claims he is infringing his 1989 Vince Vance & the Valiants “All I Want For Christmas Is You” Stone filed his documents in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
However, while the songs have the same title, there is only a hint of Carey’s melody or lyrics beyond the title.
On the other hand, Stone claims that his song received wide airplay during the Christmas season of 1993.
She is asking for $20 million in damages. Stone claims that Carey and Afansieff “intentionally engaged in a campaign to infringe” their copyright in the work.
Thus, the country music composer faces an uphill battle to prove his claims.
However, Pamela Koslyn, a Los Angeles attorney specializing in music and intellectual property rights, pointed out that there are 177 works, many of them musical compositions, with the title “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”
Likewise, Koslyn noted that he would have a different response if all the lyrics were “substantially similar” to Carey’s version.
Song titles are not entitled to copyright protection. That is why there are 177 works with the same title. An even more popular title is “My Baby,” which has 4,860 works registered with the Copyright Office. And that doesn’t even count “common law” works that use the same title.”
It’s important to mention that Mariah Carey’s version of the song has over a billion streams on Spotify alone. Last year, it became the first song to be a No. 1 hit in three separate runs on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.
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