Mariah Carey faces £16m lawsuit over song All I Want For Christmas Is You | Ents & Arts News

Mariah Carey is facing a $20m (£16m) lawsuit for copyright infringement over her iconic song All I Want For Christmas Is You.

The five-time Grammy Award winner and her co-writer Walter Afanasieff are both being sued by songwriter Andy Stone, who claims he co-wrote a track of the same name in 1989.

In legal documents filed in Louisiana, Mr. Stone states that he never authorized the use of the song and claims that Ms. Carey and her collaborators “knowingly, willfully and intentionally engaged in a campaign” to violate its Copyright.

He also accused them of acting in a manner “designed to exploit the popularity and unique style” of his song, adding that it “caused confusion”, according to court documents.

The two songs have different lyrics and melodies.

The lawsuit then accuses the defendants of having committed “acts of unjust enrichment by the unauthorized appropriation of the work of the plaintiff and the clientele associated therewith”.

The lawsuit adds that Mr Stone is seeking damages of $20m (£16m).

Released by Ms Carey on her 1994 album Merry Christmas, the song became one of the best-known festive hits and has been streamed over a billion times on Spotify.

The album was also very successful, becoming the best-selling American Christmas album of all time, with over 15 million copies sold worldwide.

Representatives for Mariah Carey have been contacted for comment.

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