Mariah Carey and a team of songwriters did not steal the work of two other composers when she recorded the song "Thank God I Found You," a California federal judge has ruled. Songwriters Seth Swirsky

Mariah Carey and a team of songwriters did not steal the work of two other composers when she recorded the song "Thank God I Found You," a California federal judge has ruled. Songwriters Seth Swirsky and Warryn Campbell sued Carey two years ago, claiming her song was actually a copy of their composition "One of Those Love Songs."

But in a written ruling today (Sept. 3), U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder said there was a "lack of melodic similarity between the two songs." The judge did not find any "similarity in key, harmonic structure, tempo, or genre" between the songs, the ruling stated.

Carey's song, featuring Joe and 98 Degrees, was included on her 1999 Columbia album "Rainbow." The track hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tallies.

As previously reported, Carey will release a new, as-yet-untitled album Dec. 10 as the first in a multi-album deal with Island Def Jam.


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