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They sue Mariah Carey and demand 20 million dollars for an alleged copyright infringement of the song 'All I Want for Christmas is You'

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The complaint filed by Andy Stone, known as Vince Vance and the Valiants, indicates that the artist did not obtain permission to use the title of the song that, he assures, is of his authorship. The American singer Mariah Carey received a lawsuit demanding compensation of 20 million dollars for an alleged violation of copyright for his well-known Christmas song ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’, reports the CBS network.

In the lawsuit filed this Friday by singer-songwriter Andy Stone, artistically known as Vince Vance and the Valiants, in an Eastern District court of Louisiana, the artist and the co-author of the song, Walter Afanasieff, as well as the Sony Music label, are accused of an alleged “copyright infringement and unjust enrichment” of the musical theme. The plaintiff claims that he wrote a song with the same title five years before the song performed by Carey.

According to Stone, although the music and lyrics of the song in question are different, the defendants “never asked for or obtained permission” to use the title ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’, which the singer used in one of his songs, recorded in 1989 and “widely” released in 1993 .

The court document indicates that the affected party contacted the defendants in 2021 to reach an agreement; however, when this was not achieved, he requested a cease and desist order, but in spite of which the defendants “continue to exploit” and profit from their work.

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