Mariah Carey sued over copyright on mega-hit “All I Want for Christmas Is You”

Mariah Carey sued over copyright on mega-hit “All I Want for Christmas Is You”


Mariah Carey is currently being sued for $20 million in excess of alleged copyright infringement for her mega-hit getaway track “All I Want for Xmas is You.” 

Singer-songwriter Andy Stone, recognised artistically as Vince Vance and the Valiants, submitted a civil lawsuit in the Japanese District of Louisiana on Friday versus Carey, song co-author Walter Afanasieff and the Sony new music team in excess of alleged “copyright infringement and unjust enrichment” amid other motives, over a music he wrote with the exact title 5 yrs prior to Carey’s hit was introduced. 

The courtroom filing describes Stone as a self-employed artist who earns his livelihood in the business of undertaking, selling and licensing his copyrighted music. 

Mariah Carey: All I Want For Christmas Is You Tour - Madison Square Garden -  New York, NY
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 15: Mariah Carey performs onstage all through her “All I Want For Christmas Is You” tour at Madison Sq. Backyard on December 15, 2019 in New York Metropolis. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Photographs for MC)

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Stone, who co-wrote and recorded the tune in Nashville in 1989, statements his variation of the music acquired “in depth airplay” all through the 1993 Xmas year and even began creating appearances on the Billboard music charts. 

However musically and lyrically distinctive, the filing claims the defendants, Carey, Afansieff and Sony, “in no way sought or received permission” for the use of the title “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” and that Stone never ever gave authorization, consent or a license to use the title. 

The court docket document continues saying Stone’s legal professionals first reached out to Carey and the other defendants in April of 2021 in regard to “the unauthorized use of the song,” and immediately after “not getting capable to arrive to an arrangement” about the utilization, Stone individually asked for to deliver a stop and desist and regardless of that Carey and the other defendants “carry on to exploit” his do the job. 

Carey’s song has turn into a staple in the getaway tradition and amassed global infamy considering that its release in 1994 on Carey’s “Merry Xmas” album. The music has topped the charts each individual getaway year considering that its release and as haven earned Carey the nickname of the “Queen of Christmas.” 

The tune has been streamed at the very least 1 billion instances on Spotify and as of 2017 has gained $60 million in royalties. So considerably, Carey has not responded to the lawsuit. 

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