Songwriters Sean Carey and Beau Golden filed a lawsuit in NY federal court on Wednesday (Jan. 10), alleging "The Rest of Our Life" is "blatant copying" of their 2014 song, "When I Found You", which was a hit when Jasmine Rae released it via ABC Records, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The two songwriters are seeking an injunction, at least $5 million in damages, royalties moving forward and attorney fees.
"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 complaint reads, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The complaint says that during a studio writing session in December, Rae had mentioned to Carey and Golden that a fan had tweeted her about the similarities between the two songs. The suit also names co-writers Amy Wadge and Johnny McDaid, Sony/ATV, Universal Polygram, and WB Music.
There's also a relationship tie between Sony and "When I Found You" performer Jasmine Rae, according to the lawsuit.
Below are videos of Jasmine Rae's "When I Found You" and Tim and Faith's "The Rest of Our Life".
According to the lawsuit, Holland told the plaintiffs that he frequently works with Sony Music Nashville and communicates with their office as part of his job.
Carey and Golden allege Rae's boyfriend Tim Holland, a marketing manager for Sony, was the person who introduced Rae's song to the label and knew about the alleged similarities between the songs months before The Rest Of Our Life was released.
The lawsuit alleges the two songs are "substantially similar in bars one through eight of both songs".
The plaintiffs claim that Holland shared Rae's "When I Found You" with the defendants "in an effort to gain exposure for Ms. Rae and promote her work".
An alternative theory of access is also provided in the complaint in that Sheeran was allegedly touring extensively in Australia when "When I Found You" was enjoying its biggest success on local airwaves.
McGraw, Hill and Sheeran are yet to respond to the suit. Sony Music declined comment.
The McGraw/Hill song has been popular, with more than 8 million streams of Spotify.