In a surprising turn of events, Mariah Carey finds herself facing legal action once more over her beloved holiday hit, “All I Want for Christmas is You.” Even more astonishing is the fact that the lawsuit has been filed by the same individual who took legal action against the iconic singer-songwriter in the past.
The legal battle over the festive anthem, which has become a staple of the holiday season, is reignited as Mariah Carey is once again taken to court by Paul R. Sapiano, a New York-based songwriter and producer. This is the second time Sapiano has sued Carey over the song, with the previous lawsuit being dismissed in court.
Sapiano claims that Carey’s chart-topping classic bears striking similarities to a song he wrote back in the early 1990s, long before “All I Want for Christmas is You” became a global sensation. He asserts that Carey and her co-writer, Walter Afanasieff, had access to his earlier work and have allegedly copied key elements of his composition.
The lawsuit, filed in a New York court, alleges copyright infringement and seeks substantial damages, as well as an injunction to halt further use of the song. Sapiano’s legal team argues that their client’s prior case was unfairly dismissed, and they are determined to prove their claims in this new legal battle.
“All I Want for Christmas is You” was released in 1994 and has since become one of the most iconic and enduring holiday songs, earning Mariah Carey both critical acclaim and substantial royalties. The song’s popularity endures year after year, topping charts and garnering millions of streams during the holiday season.
As the legal proceedings unfold, Mariah Carey’s legal team is expected to vigorously defend the singer’s rights to the song, emphasizing its originality and the absence of copyright infringement. It remains to be seen how this unexpected lawsuit will impact the legacy of the beloved Christmas classic and whether the court will rule in favor of Mariah Carey once again.
Fans and legal experts alike will be watching closely as the legal battle over “All I Want for Christmas is You” takes center stage once more, adding an unexpected chapter to the song’s enduring legacy.