Ed Sheeran Sued Over “Photograph”
Is my red-headed homie out here jacking for beats?
Ed Sheeran has been slapped with a major copyright infringement lawsuit by two songwriters who claim his single, “Photograph,” is a “verbatim, note-for-note copying” of their 2009 song “Amazing,” which was recorded and released by 2010’s “X-Factor” winner Matt Cardle.
Songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard, and their publishing company HaloSongs, are suing Sheeran for $20 million.
The suit claims the chorus of “Photograph” and “Amazing” share about 70% of notes. The complaint also states, “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 lawsuit was filed by Richard Busch. If his name sounds familiar it’s because he’s the lawyer who represented Marvin Gaye‘s family in their “Blurred Lines” case against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke.
Ed might be in trouble, mane!
Compare the songs below and let me know what you think!