Is Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s song rip off?

Two songwriters from Australia filed a complaint saying the TIM MCGRAW – FAITH HILL duet “The Rest Of Our Life” ripped off their song “When I Found You”, which was a hit down under in 2016 for an artist named Jasmine Rae. Tim and Faith didn’t write “The Rest Of Our Life”, but they’re named in the suit, along with the song’s co-writers Ed Sheeran, Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid, plus two others.  Arista Records was also named in the suit.

The suit claims both songs “explore the same themes of marriage, the passage of time, aging, and the way a romantic relationship protects the speaker against vulnerability.” And there’s a passage in the suit about how the songs sound the same.  Quote, “The copying is, in many instances, verbatim, note-for-note copying of original elements of the song.”  

There’s also a twist.  Jasmine Rae not only recorded the Aussie hit, but she’s also a co-writer.  And yet, she did NOT want to be part of the lawsuit.  That seems to be because she’s dating the record company exec in charge of promoting Tim and Faith’s duet.  The writers are asking for at least $5 million in damages . . . plus profits, royalties, and attorney’s fees and costs.

Do you think the song is copied?