Carrie Underwood is being sued for copyright infringement over her Sunday Night Football theme song titled “Game On.”
Singer-songwriter Heidi Merrill filed the complaint against Underwood in Manhattan federal court, stating that her song also titled “Game On” is strikingly similar to Underwood’s NFL track. Merrill said that she came up with “Game On” in 2016 before uploading it to YouTube in March 2017, and says she met with Underwood’s producer Mark Bright at an event in Nashville, where she presented the song to him to see if Underwood would like to use it before it was ultimately passed on.
Merrill and her co-writers, who named nine defendants in total in the lawsuit — including Underwood, Bright, EMI Entertainment, the NFL and NBC — is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.
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