Mariah Carey, the de facto “Queen of Christmas,” is being sued for alleged copyright infringement over “All I Need For Christmas Is You” by a rustic music songwriter. The songwriter in query is Andy Stone, who claims his 1989 track “All I Need For Christmas Is You” by Vince Vance & the Valiants has been infringed upon by Carey’s track of the identical identify. Carey’s record-breaking “All I Need For Christmas Is You” was launched in 1994.
As reported by Deadline, Stone filed his go well with on Friday, June 3, within the US District Court docket within the Jap District of Louisiana. He has named each Carey and her cowriter, Walter Afanasieff, within the lawsuit and is searching for $20 million in damages. Nonetheless, Pamela Koslyn, a Los Angeles legal professional who focuses on mental property rights and music, defined to Deadline why Stone’s case is unlikely to go very far.
At first, there’s little or no overlap between the lyrics of the songs, and the melodies are completely different. The one factor the 2 songs have in widespread is their titles — and track titles cannot be copyrighted. “Music titles aren’t entitled to copyright safety,” Koslyn advised Deadline. “That is why there are 177 works utilizing the identical title.”
She went on to level out that Carey’s “My Child” title is much more widespread. The Copyright Workplace has greater than 4,860 works with the identical identify. In the end, a track title alone cannot infringe on copyright regulation. For Stone to have a case, his lawyer must show Carey and Afanasieff’s track infringed on his mental property in a significant manner.
That is particularly difficult contemplating simply how little the 2 vacation songs have in widespread except for a shared title. Stone’s model of “All I Need For Christmas Is You” is a gradual track which options vocals by Lisa Layne. Within the track, she croons, “If I wrote a letter to Santa Claus / I might ask for only one factor / I do not want sleigh rides within the snow / Do not need a Christmas that is blue / Take again the tinsel, stockings and bows / Trigger all I would like for Christmas is you.”
In distinction, Carey’s traditional Christmas track is an upbeat pop anthem. “I do not need rather a lot for Christmas / There is only one factor I would like / Do not care concerning the presents beneath the Christmas tree / I needn’t grasp my stocking there upon the fireside / Santa Claus will not make me pleased with a toy on Christmas Day / I simply need you for my very own / Greater than you would ever know / Make my want come true / All I would like for Christmas is you,” the Grammy winner sings.
Curiously, even after Carey’s track was launched, Stone’s nation monitor continued to rank on Billboard’s Sizzling Nation Songs chart throughout the vacation season. The track was even lined by Kelly Clarkson in 2020, which suggests Stone and Carey’s same-titled vacation anthems have been coexisting for practically twenty years. In the meantime, Carey’s “All I Need For Christmas” has made its option to the highest of the Billboard Prime 100 chart yearly since 2019.