Ed Sheeran is being sued for $20m over his track Photograph in new lawsuit

Ed Sheeran is being sued for $20m over his track Photograph in new lawsuit

Written by Staff Writer

09 Jun, 2016 | 4:44 pm

Two US musicians are suing Ed Sheeran for $20m (£13.8m) over his single Photograph.

The 25-year-old singer-songwriter has been hit with a lawsuit by Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard – who claim his track Photograph is “note-for-note” the same as their 2009 song Amazing, released by UK X Factor winner Matt Cardle.

In documents, that include musical note comparison and chord breakdowns of the two songs, the pair claim the chorus of Photograph shares 39 identical notes with their track.

The lawsuit states that there are “instantly recognisable to the ordinary observer”.

 

 

“The songs’ similarities reach the very essence of the work. The similarities go beyond substantial, which is itself sufficient to establish copyright infringement, and are in fact striking.

“The similarity of words, vocal style, vocal melody, melody, and rhythm are clear indicators, among other things, that Photograph copies Amazing.”

The documents say that Photograph has sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide.

 

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