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The script sue James arthur for copyright infringement

The Script is an Irish rock band formed in 2007 in DublinIreland. It consists of lead vocalist and keyboardist Daniel O’Donoghue, lead guitarist Mark Sheehan, and drummer Glen Power.[1] James Andrew Arthur (born 2 March 1988) is a British singer and songwriter who won the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012. [2]

Singer James Arthur is being sued for copyright infringement by Irish band The Script over alleged similarities between his 2016 hit “Say You Won’t Let Go” and their 2008 song “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved”. Busch argues that Arthur, a former X Factor winner, generated £14.8m from a song claimed to have lifted elements from The Script track, which was written by band members Danny O’Donoghue and Mark Sheehan, with songwriters Andrew Frampton and Stephen Kipner. [3]

Since “Say You Won’t Let Go” first debuted in 2016, fans have often noted its similarities with “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved.” Both songs share the same 4/4 meter, have a similar tempo, four-bar guitar introduction and use similar vocal melodies and harmonic structures.

In his civil complaint, Busch argues that Arthur copied “The Man Who Can Not Be Moved” almost a decade after its release with “Say You Won’t Let Go,” which was a comeback for Arthur, who won The X Factor in 2012. He said that it’s widely known Mr. Arthur was dropped by his record label for public controversies, which caused a break in his career. It wasn’t until the release of ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ that he achieved worldwide success.[4]

Busch made a similar argument in the landmark 2013 case against Williams and Thicke, arguing their song “Blurred Lines” mimicked and ultimately infringed on Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.” A jury agreed and earlier this year, the ruling was upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, resulting in a $5.3 million payout for the Gaye family and half of the royalties for the song.

Critics have warned the ruling could hurt the creative process and lead to similar lawsuits against artists who draw inspiration from others.

Busch is asking the court for a jury trial and to rule that Arthur infringed on The Script’s song and is asking for an accounting of all streaming, distribution, publishing and touring revenue connected to the song and is seeking statutory damages over the track.[5]

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