A Bay area producer/songwriter have filed a lawsuit against R&B superstars, The-Dream and Mariah Carey, claiming claiming they stole the song “My Love” from him.
According to TheBoomBox.com, Preston Marshall and Demario Driver filed their lawsuit against the two singers on April 19 in San Francisco, claiming they created the original song in 2008, which they had titled “Are You The One.” From there, the duo say they played the track for music industry associate Jeff Huffman, who promised that he could get the song produced by some big names but never followed through.
After sending the track to Huffman, they say he disappeared.
“I sent the song to him via email. I never heard back from him,” Marshall said in an interview with NBC Bay Area.
Less than a year later, the track became the single “My Love,” off Dream’s sophomore album, Love vs. Money, and featured vocals from Carey.
“I was hurt [be]cause you put a lot of time and effort into this. You know, music is my life. I feed my family this way,” Marshall continued.
Marshall and Driver are suing for copyright infringement, intentional interference with economic advancement and fraud, naming Huffman, Island Def Jam, The-Dream and Mariah Carey in the suit.
They are seeking $450,000 in damages.
Dream, Carey or their respective labels have commented on the lawsuit at press time.