Copyright case for Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' dropped

Copyright case for Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' dropped

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Mariah Carey / YouTube ('All I Want For Christmas Is You' video)

Country singer Andy Stone, aka Vince Vance, has dropped his lawsuit against Mariah Carey which he had filed in June at the New Orleans Federal Court . 

According to BBC, Stone sued Mariah because he claimed to have co-written a song with the same name five years earlier and the 'Hero' hitmaker did not ask for permission to use the song name. This is despite so many other artists such as Fifth Harmony, Olivia Olson, and Lindsey Stirling having songs with the same name. 

However, in a turn of events, Stone has now decided to have the case dismissed. 

READ: Guess which album Mariah Carey calls her 'most bittersweet album'?

The lawsuit sought damages of at least $20-million (approximately R380-million). He claimed Mariah took advantage of his popularity and style.

'All I Want For Christmas Is You' is one of the biggest songs ever released by Mariah. 

It comes from Mariah's album, 'Merry Christmas', which was released 1994. 

Since its release, it has become a Christmas anthem and continues to gain popularity each holiday season. 

It has topped charts all over the globe. 

According to BBC, it has been streamed over one-billion times on Spotify and earns Mariah more than $60-million (approximately R1-billion) in royalties.

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) named the single the all-time best-selling Christmas single by a female artist. It is also one of the top-selling physical singles in music history and the first holiday ringtone to be certified double platinum by the RIAA.

READ: Mariah Carey celebrates 'Butterfly' album's 25th anniversary

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