Ed Sheeran Being Sued $20M for Photograph

Ed Sheeran Being Sued $20M for Photograph

UPDATE 4/11/2017: According to The Guardian Ed Sheeran made a deal.

Ed Sheeran has reached a deal to end a $20m (£13.8m) lawsuit over his 2014 track Photograph, a song alleged to have been “copied” from a single released by a winner of The X Factor in 2012.

The musician was accused of “note-for-note” copying from a song called Amazing, which was released by the reality TV show winner Matt Cardle five years ago. Songwriters Thomas Leonard and Martin Harrington sued Sheeran, accusing him of “unabashedly taking credit” for their work.

While details of the settlement were not revealed in the court papers, an order signed by judge James Selna at a California court on Monday said the case had been dismissed after an agreement had been reached between the parties. A spokesperson for Sheeran has not responded to the Guardian’s request for comment.

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Nobody is safe anymore these days. According to news sources Ed Sheeran is being hit with a $20M copyright lawsuit over his song “Photograph”. Matt Cardle is claiming a strong similarity in the chorus of his song “Amazing” (2012) and Sheeran’s 2015 track “Photograph”. Have a listen to both:

Ed Sheeran - "Photograph" (2015)
Matt Cardle - "Amazing" (2012)

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9 Replies to “Ed Sheeran Being Sued $20M for Photograph”

  1. Travis

    and this one is a no brainer

    notes AND singing are pretty damn near identical

    i love how alot of posts i see on lawsuits now are something like this

    “theres only so many notes so its going to happen”

    “that other song sucks.. this one is better”

    too bad it comes down to who has the better lawyers.. and the writers for “amazing” have the lawyer marvin gayes family had for the blurred lines lawsuit.. i think sheeran is screwed

  2. TheHappySpaceman

    I think Ed Sheeran might also get in trouble for “Thinking Out Loud,” the guitar chords of which sound suspiciously like “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye… who, between this, Blurred Lines and that song by Meghan Trainor and Charlie Puth, is coming back into popularity for some reason.

    Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp-EO5I60KA
    Marvin Gaye – “Let’s Get It On” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqkwykA4iFw

    1. Mark Adams

      I’m pretty sure one can’t be sued over a chord progression and in a lot of cases it’s a common musical idea.

  3. Alison Kiely

    What about Paul Weller’s “The Changing Man ” and ELO’S “10538 Overture “. Just listening to ELO in Hyde Park and the similarity is unbelievable

  4. UselessJack

    Try listening to Panic! At the Disco’s Let’s Kill Tonight and LA Devotee, the starts are very similar.

  5. Andrew Abildgaard

    Have you heard Girl Crush by Lady Antebellum? Perfect IS a cover of that. This dude has never written a song in his life. Yes some songs sound the same. Yes that melody is the same as Unchained Melody (Not written by the Righteous Brothers btw) but even the phrasing is the same. The boy can’t write. Even cruddy radio songs.

    Embarrassment to music.

  6. Garvn

    This “Ed” guy needs to find a shaver, brush and comb, prior to trying to be any type of pretend “musician” again.


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