NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nation tune celebrity Carrie Underwood, the Nationwide Soccer League and NBC have been sued on Wednesday for allegedly copying the \u201cRecreation On\u201d theme music utilized in 2018 for \u201cSunday Night time Soccer\u201d from an identically-titled music recorded two years previous. FILE PHOTO: 54th Academy of Nation Song Awards- Display - Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., April 7, 2019 - Carrie Underwood plays "Southbound." REUTERS\/Mario Anzuoni\/Record PhotographHeidi Merrill, who stated she uploaded her \u201cRecreation On\u201d to Google\u2019s YouTube in March 2017, stated her copyright was once infringed after Underwood\u2019s manufacturer Mark Shiny rejected her August 2017 pitch at a convention in Nashville to make use of the music for \u201cSunday Night time Soccer.\u201d Of their grievance, Merrill and her co-writers stated Underwood\u2019s \u201cRecreation On\u201d is \u201cconsiderably - even strikingly - identical, if now not equivalent\u201d to their music, together with in identify, pace, meter, time signature, rhythmic and melodic contours and patterns, notice and chord progressions, and hooks. Shiny and tune publishing associates of Sony Corp and Warner Song Staff are some of the 9 defendants named within the lawsuit, which was once filed in Big apple federal courtroom. A spokesman for Underwood didn't in an instant reply to requests for remark. Spokesmen for the NFL and Sony declined to remark. NBC, which is owned by means of Comcast Corp, and the writer Warner\/Chappell Song had no instant remark. Underwood has carried out theme songs for \u201cSunday Night time Soccer\u201d since 2013. Tim Foster, a legal professional at Sam P. Israel PC representing the plaintiffs, stated the lawsuit adopted the rejection by means of a number of defendants of his shoppers\u2019 effort to barter a solution. \u201cMs. Underwood recorded a music that was once considerably very similar to the unique music submitted via her manufacturer, with out giving credit score or repayment of any sort to the unique songwriters,\u201d Foster stated in an interview. \u201cWe suppose that there will probably be vital damages.\u201d Underwood, 36, changed into well-known by means of successful the fourth season of \u201cAmerican Idol\u201d in 2005. She has since received dozens of nation tune awards and 7 Grammy awards. The case is Merrill et al v. Underwood et al, U.S. District Court docket, Southern District of New York, No. 19-05722. Reporting by means of Jonathan Stempel in New York; Enhancing by means of Tom BrownOur Requirements:The Thomson Reuters Accept as true with Rules.