28 years after the song’s release, queen of Christmas Mariah Carey has been on the receiving end of a copyright claim.
The claim has been filed by Andy Stone, who is a songwriter. He claims that Carey’s track exploited his reputation and popularity as it shares the same name as his track.
While the songs are very different, Mr Stone claims that there is confusion between the two tracks and no permission was sought from him, before Mariah’s hit was released.
At the time, Stone was performing under Vince Vance with his band the Valiants.
Having been streamed over 1 billion times, Mariah has achieved massive sales from her song.
The claim is for $20 million and has been filed against Carey, co-writer Walter Afanasieff and Song Music. It has been claimed that the parties have earned “undeserved profits” from the song, and that they “knowingly, wilfully, and intentionally engaged in a campaign” to infringe copyright.
The delay to file the claim hasn’t been explained but it will certainly will be a talking point moving point. The money involved in this one could be significant so keep your eye on the reading room.