A pair of Australian songwriters issued a lawsuit against Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid, Steve Mac and Amy Wadge in January 2018. Sean Carey and Beau Golden claimed this song blatantly copies their 2015 track "When I Found You
," which was released by co-writer and recording artist Jasmine Rae and was a #2 Country hit in Australia. Carey and Golden sought at least $5 million in actual damages plus profits, along with an injunction for the song to be permanently blocked.
The complaint states: "The copying is, in many instances, verbatim, note-for-note copying of original elements of the Song, and is obvious to the ordinary observer." The suit also points out that Rae is in a relationship with Sony marketing manager Tim Holland, who was tasked with promoting the McGraw and Hill song.
Carey and Golden's lawyer is Richard Busch, who has form regarding copyright complaints. He was was also behind the $20 million lawsuit against Ed Sheeran over the song "Photograph
." Busch also successfully won the landmark trial for the family of Marvin Gaye in the "Blurred Lines
Sheeran filed a counter-suit a couple of months later denying any similarity between the songs. He described the track as "an originally and independently created musical composition."
Legal reps for Carey and Golden informed the court in November 2018 that a settlement had been agreed between all parties.