Mariah Carey sued over All I Want For Christmas Is You

$20 million cases brought by songwriter of Vince Vance & The Valiants' country ballad of the same name.

Mariah Carey is being sued for $20 million for copyright infringement over her hit holiday song All I Want For Christmas Is You.

The singer and her co-writer Walter Afansieff are both named in the £16 million lawsuit, which is being brought by songwriter Andy Stone.

Ms. Carey released the song in 1994 as part of her album Merry Christmas.

It became one of the best-selling physical singles in history and topped the charts in 26 countries.

By 2017, it had reportedly earned $60 million in royalties and is one of every 50 Christmas songs streamed on Spotify.

In legal documents filed at the US District Court in the Eastern District of Louisiana, Mr. Stone claims that he co-wrote the song in 1989 and has never given permission for it to be used.

Mr. Stone recorded his version of All I Want For Christmas Is You as a country ballad in 1989.

It is not unusual for songs to have the same title. Copyright infringement cases are usually based on similarities between song melodies. The two songs have different lyrics and melodies.