Carrie Underwood (image courtesy: Instagram)
Carrie Underwood (image courtesy: Instagram)

US singer Carrie Underwood sued for plagiarism

ANI | Updated: Jun 20, 2019 09:04 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], June 20 (ANI): American singer Carrie Underwood is going through a bad phase these days, as she is facing a lawsuit for allegedly plagiarising another singer's notes.
According to Billboard, the complaint was filed against the singer on Wednesday for copying the notes of another singer for her 2018 Sunday Night Football theme song "Game On."
The complaint was filed in Manhattan federal court, plaintiff Heidi Merrill claims she wrote and recorded an identically-titled track in 2016. Merrill said that she had initially pitched her song to Underwood and her producer, Mark Bright, at a Nashville conference the following year with the idea that the singer might use it as her next Sunday Night Football theme. But Bright responded through an assistant that he'd "have to pass."
Now, Merrill argues and puts allegations that Underwood's own "Game On" is "substantially -- even strikingly -- similar, if not identical," to her song, in several ways starting from the title as well as tempo, meter, time signature, hooks, chord progression, and other specifics.
"The Defendants knowingly, willfully, and intentionally copied original, copyrightable elements of the Plaintiffs' original Work," the complaint read.
"Publicly performed or displayed the Infringing Song, and otherwise violated the Plaintiffs' exclusive copyrights in the Work for substantial personal and commercial gain," the complaint added.
Bright and Underwood are just among nine defendants named in the lawsuit, which includes EMI Entertainment, Warner Chappell Music, the NFL, and NBC. In her complaint, Merrill also gave a reference about a lawsuit from 2017, where Underwood and Bright faced similar accusations for the song "Something in the Water." But later the case was dismissed.
Merrill and her co-writers are seeking order and damages of an unspecified amount. Merrill's attorney, Timothy Foster, provided further comment in a statement to Billboard.
"Federal copyright laws are designed to protect the authors of original creative works, including our clients who wrote the original song 'Game On' in 2016 and submitted it for Carrie Underwood's consideration through her producer," Foster said.
He further said, "As alleged in our complaint, after Ms. Underwood's representatives indicated that they were not interested in using 'Game On,' Ms. Underwood, with help from the other Defendants, released her new Sunday Night Football theme song with the same title, which is substantially similar to our clients' original 'Game On' in numerous respects."
"This type of exploitation is precisely what our copyright laws are designed to protect against," he continues, "and we will aggressively seek to vindicate our clients' rights in the original song they created," he concluded. (ANI)