Singer Mariah Carey has been sued in the United States for alleged copyright infringement with her 1994 song “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” according to court documents.
The plaintiff, a musician named Andy Stone, says he co-wrote and recorded the holiday song of the same name in 1989 and never licensed its use.
In the lawsuit filed in Louisiana, Stone alleges that Carey and her co-writer Walter Afanasyev “knowingly, intentionally, and intentionally engaged in a campaign to infringe their copyrights.”
The plaintiff is seeking damages of $20 million for the alleged financial losses.
Carrie’s song is one of the most successful singles of all time. The song has sold 16 million copies worldwide and earned Carey $60 million in royalties over the past three decades.
Stone’s theme, released with his band Vince Vance and Valiant, was somewhat successful on Billboard’s country music charts. Despite having the same titles, the songs sound different and have different lyrics. However, Stone accuses Curry and Afanasyev of trying to “exploit the popularity and unique style” of their song, causing “confusion”.
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