MANILA, Philippines — Singer Mariah Carey has been hit with a $20 million (1.05 billion peso) copyright infringement lawsuit over her iconic holiday song “All I Want for Christmas is You.”
Andy Stone, a songwriter from Louisiana, USA and member of country pop band Vince Vance & the Valiants, named Mariah and songwriter Walter Afansieff in a lawsuit that claims his 1989 song of the same name is violated.
Besides the $20 million for copyright infringement, Andy is also seeking at least $40 million (2.1 billion pesos) for unjust enrichment and violations of US trademark law.
Mariah’s song was released in 1994 and has been a staple of every Christmas season ever since.
In the lawsuit, Any claims that her own song was widely released during the 1993 holiday season and that Mariah and Walter “intentionally engaged in a campaign to infringe” her copyright.
Los Angeles lawyer Pamela Koslyn, who specializes in music and intellectual property rights, shared with Deadline that there are over 170 works – mostly musical compositions – bearing the same title as the two songs.
“Song titles are not eligible for copyright protection,” Koslyn said, though she pointed out that she might think differently if all of Andy’s lyrics were “substantially similar” to the song. Mariah’s version.
Mariah’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” reached 1 billion streams on Spotify and in 2021 became the first song to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles across three separate runs.
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