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The Script Is Suing James Arthur For Ripping Off One Of Their Best Known Songs

By Jen

May 22, 2018 at 12:09pm

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You'd be fairly annoyed if it happened to you. 

Irish band The Script, is reportedly suing X Factor winner James Arthur. 

According to documents filed yesterday in an LA court, the Irish hit makers are suing Arthur for similarities between his 2016 song, Say You Won't Let Go and The Man Who Can't Be Moved.

As originally reported by BillboardSay You Won't Let Go co-writers Neil Ormandy and Steve Solomon are also listed as defendants, along with Sony/ATV Publishing, Sony Music, Columbia Records, Ultra International Music Publishing, Third Verse Music Publishing and Kobalt Music Publishing.

Both songs have a similar tempo, vocal melodies and harmonic structures as well as sharing the same 4/4 meter and four bar guitar introduction.

Fans and other publications have noticed the similarities since the release of the singer's hit in 2016.

Have a listen for yourself and see what you think

Say You Won't Let Go is seen as the comeback song for Arthur who was dropped by his record label after he made homophobic comments.

The Script's attorney, Richard Busch, who represented Marvin Gaye's estate against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over the song Blurred Lines, is asking the court for a jury trial and to rule that Arthur infringed on The Script's song.

Busch is also asking for revenue related to the streaming, distribution, publishing and touring of the song as well as seeking statutory damages over the track. 

This could prove to be a major setback for the singer.

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