Mariah Carey Sued for $20 million over Christmas Smash Hit

Published: June 6, 2022
Updated: June 6, 2022
Mariah Carey Sued

Mariah Carey is being sued for $20 million over her holiday smash hit

Mariah Carey has been sued in the United States for alleged copyright infringement in the song All I Want for Christmas Is You, which she released in 1994.

Andy Stone, a musician, claims that he co-wrote and recorded a holiday song of the same name in 1989, but that he never obtained permission for it to be used.

Stone is demanding $20 million in damages for purported financial losses.

According to court filings, Mariah Carey has been sued in the United States for alleged copyright infringement over her global hit All I Want for Christmas Is You from 1994.

Andy Stone, a performer, claims he co-composed and kept an occasional melody of a similar name in 1989 however never got authorization for it to be utilized.

Stone claims that Carey and her co-writer Walter Afanasieff “knowingly, willfully, and purposefully engaged in a campaign to infringe” on his copyright.

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He is requesting $20 million in punitive fees for supposed monetary misfortune.

Carey’s melody is one of the most well known music singles ever, beating out all competitors in more than two dozen nations and getting a great deal of airplay around special times of year.

It includes conspicuously in the 2003 Christmas-themed lighthearted comedy film Love Actually and has sold an expected 16 million duplicates around the world. Carey is said to have made $60 million in sovereignties on the melody throughout the course of recent years.

Stone’s melody, which he recorded with his band Vince Vance and the Valiants, diagrammed on Billboard’s bluegrass music outlines with minor achievement.

Mariah Carey Sued

Notwithstanding the way that the melodies have similar titles, they sound and have various verses.

Stone, however, blames Carey and Afanasieff for expecting to “exploit the prevalence and extraordinary style” of his melody, causing “turmoil.”

“Defendants’ unapproved utilization of All I Want for Christmas is You in relationship with their double-dealing of the subordinate work acts to benefit from the generosity and one of a kind ability of Plaintiff with an end goal to get a business advantage,” the suit says.

Stone’s activity was achieved 30 years after Carey’s melody was delivered, and it was indistinct why.

Stone’s legal counselors moved toward Carey and Afanasieff last year, as indicated by the letter, however the gatherings “unable to come to any agreement”

A solicitation for a reaction from AFP was not promptly returned via Carey’s representative.

It is not uncommon for songs to have the same title. The United States Copyright Office’s website lists 177 works with the title All I Want for Christmas Is You.

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