Mariah Carey sued over copyright of mega hit ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’

Mariah Carey is being sued for alleged copyright infringement for her mega-hit Christmas song for $20 million “All I want for Christmas is you.”

Singer-songwriter Andy Stone, artistically known as Vince Vance and the Valiants, filed a civil lawsuit Friday in Louisiana’s Eastern District against Carey, song co-writer Walter Afanasieff and the Sony music group alleging “copyright infringement and unjust enrichment.” a. partly because of a song he wrote five years before the release of Carey’s hit of the same title.

The court filing describes Stone as a self-employed artist who makes a living performing, selling and licensing his copyrighted music.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 15: Mariah Carey performs during her ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ tour at Madison Square Garden on December 15, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for MC)

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Stone, who co-wrote and recorded the song in Nashville in 1989, claims that his version of the song was “extensively aired” during the 1993 holiday season, even topping the Billboard music charts.

Though musically and lyrically disparate, the filing alleges that defendants Carey, Afansieff, and Sony “never sought or received permission” to use the track “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” and that Stone never granted permission, consent or consent has given a license to use the title.

The court document went on to say that Stone’s attorneys first contacted Carey and the other defendants in April 2021 regarding “the unauthorized use of the song,” and after being “unable to reach an agreement” about the use, personally requested Stone to release a to send a cease and desist letter, and yet Carey and the other defendants “continue to “exploit” his work.

Carey’s song has become an integral part of the holiday tradition and has garnered worldwide infamy since its release in 1994 on Carey’s Merry Christmas album. The song has topped the charts every holiday season since its release, earning Carey the nickname “Queen of Christmas” as a haven.

The song became streamed at least 1 billion times on Spotify and has earned $60 million in royalties since 2017. So far, Carey has not responded to the lawsuit.

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