Grammy-winning artist Mariah Carey is facing a new legal battle as she is being sued for alleged copyright infringement over her beloved holiday hit, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Songwriters Andy Stone and Troy Powers have filed a lawsuit seeking a staggering $20 million in damages, claiming that their 1989 song of the same name was unlawfully copied.
Mariah Carey is facing a lawsuit from songwriters Andy Stone and Troy Powers, who claim that her hit song “All I Want For Christmas Is You” infringes on their 1989 composition of the same name. The lawsuit alleges substantial similarities in the lyrical hook, melody, and overall feel between the two songs. Stone and Powers are seeking $20 million in damages and an injunction to halt further use of Carey’s song.
The Lawsuit Allegations
In the court documents, Stone and Powers argue that there are significant similarities between their original composition and Carey’s iconic festive tune. They specifically point out resemblances in the lyrical hook, melody, and overall feel of both songs. Furthermore, they accuse Carey of presenting their work as her own, referring to her “incredulous origin story” as a means of appropriating their efforts.
Interestingly, this is not the first time that Stone and Powers have taken legal action against Mariah Carey over this issue. Last year, they filed a similar lawsuit that closely mirrors the current complaint. In that initial suit, Stone accused Carey of copying their track after their song gained substantial airplay and even landed on the Billboard charts during the 1993 Christmas season.
Repercussions and Response
If the lawsuit is successful, Carey could potentially face substantial financial repercussions. Stone and Powers are seeking significant damages for the alleged copyright infringement, aiming for a substantial monetary settlement. They hope to not only receive compensation for their work but also to have the court impose an injunction, effectively shutting down further use of Carey’s song.
As of now, there has been no official response from Mariah Carey or her representatives regarding the lawsuit. It remains to be seen how the legal proceedings will unfold and what impact they may have on the future of the beloved holiday anthem.