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International pop singer and “Queen of Christmas” Mariah Carey is facing a $20 million lawsuit for alleged copyright infringement of her Christmas hit song “All I Want for Christmas is You.”
Andy Stone, a songwriter and co-writer of Vince Vance & the Valiant’s country song of the same name filed the case against Carey and her fellow co-writer Walter Afansieff.
Stone claims in his legal documents filed at the US District Court of Louisiana, USA, that the pop singer did not ask his permission for the use of the title of the song he co-wrote in 1989.
According to his submitted documents, Carey and Afanasieff “knowingly, willfully and intentionally engaged in a campaign to infringe [Stone’s] copyright in the work.”
Stone also claims that his 1989 twangy and distinctly different version from Carey’s pop performance was gaining extensive airplay during the 1993 holiday before Carey released her version in 1994.
He is seeking damages of $20 million as the said act cost him “irreparable injury and financial loss” while “commercial gain, personal profit, and unjust enrichment” on the pop singer’s part.
“All I Want for Christmas is You” was released on November 1, 1994, with the album “Merry Christmas,” selling over 15 million copies globally and earning the title as the best-selling US Christmas album of all time.
Since its release in 1994, it is estimated that Carey earns between $600,000 to $1 million in the song’s royalties every year. KSO/Expat Media
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