Carrie Underwood has been accused of plagiarizing the “Sunday Night Football” opening theme song “Game On.”
A federal lawsuit has been filed against NBCUniversal, the National Football League, and Underwood accusing them of ripping off a YouTube song.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by songwriters Heidi Merrill, Alex Wong, Jeff Cohen and Niclas Lundin.
According to Merrill and her collaborators, they created their “Game On” song in June 2016 and uploaded it to YouTube on March 17, 2017. The song was later featured on CBS‘s “Inside College Basketball.”
She claims that she had emailed the song to Underwood’s producer, Mark Bright, who rejected the song by saying, “We’re going to have to pass.”
Sam P. Israel, the managing partner of Sam P. Israel PC, called the alleged plagiarism “a blatant attempt by a celebrity singer to rip off other artists’ work, and it won’t be tolerated.”
“It’s indefensible to steal music created by hard-working songwriters and then broadcast that theft on national television,” he added.
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