Ed Sheeran Sued for 20 Million Over Song "Photograph"


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Ed Sheeran Sued for 20 Million Over Song "Photograph"

Thomas Leonard and Martin Harrington say that the song has an extremely similar structure to their song "Amazing", which was released by former X Factor victor Matt Cardle in 2012. "Their work is their life, and I am honoured that they have trusted me with this very important case".

Amazing, on the other hand, reached No 84 in the United Kingdom charts and had just one million YouTube hits.

"My clients are professional songwriters", said attorney Richard Busch.

Ed Sheeran's week has taken an interesting turn with the pop star at the wrong end of a $20 million plagiarism lawsuit.

Apparently, the choruses of both songs share "39 identical notes", and Sheeran was previously notified of the similarities.

Sheeran's "Photograph" was a top 10 hit in the United States, after it sold over 3.5 million copies.

The English musician, who is very good friends with Taylor Swift, is reportedly being sued for a whopping $20 million dollars over his track "Photograph", according to Billboard.

The lawsuit claims that the similarities between the two songs are evident even to the untrained listener.

Besides Sheeran, other defendants include co-writer Johnny McDaid, of Snow Patrol, as well as Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Warner Music Group and its subsidiary, Atlantic Recording Corporation.

Various viral videos have appeared on the web comparing the two since news of the plagiarism case came to light; one can be seen below.

"Photograph" was the fifth single from Sheeran's breakout 2014 album "x" (pronounced "multiply").

A spokesperson for Sheeran told Standard Online: "We do not comment on litigation".

The song was recently used in the soundtrack for romantic comedy Me Before You starring Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke.



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