Icelander sues for rights to Josh Groban song

 A beloved Icelandic songwriter and musician Jóhann Helgason has filed a lawsuit against one of Josh Groban's songwriters. He believes that his song Söknuður is almost identical to Groban's 2003 hit You Raise me Up. 

A new version of Helgason's song Söknuður has been released in English to underline the similarity between the two songs. Söknuður was written in 1977. 

Hilm­ar Foss, a friend of Helgason who has been helping him with the case says that Universal Music has a turnover of 700 million USD while Helgason lives in a flat in Seltjarnarnes in Reykjavik. "It's like the story of David and Goliath." 

The new English version is sung by Edgar Smári. You can compare the two songs below. 



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USD USD 110.06 EUR EUR 126.80
GBP GBP 144.30 DKK DKK 17.02
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CHF CHF 110.33 JPY JPY 1.00
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