Report: Ed Sheeran Accused Of Copyright Infringement For 'Photograph'
June 8, 2016 at 11:40 AM (PT)
Two CALIFORNIA songwriters sued ED SHEERAN, claiming he ripped off their song and used it as the basis for his international hit “Photograph," according to several reports, including THE TENNESSEAN
The lawsuit from MARTIN HARRINGTON and TOM LEONARD was filed in LOS ANGELES federal court, and are represented by NASHVILLE attorney RICHRAD BUSCH, who was victorious in the copyright lawsuit that pitted MARVIN GAYE’s heirs in the "Blurred Lines" plagiarism case against ROBIN THICKE and PHARRELL WILLIAMS,
The pair claim in the lawsuit that their song “Amazing” served as the template for 2010 "X Factor U.K." winner MATT CARDLE's 2012 single “Amazing 2,” which peaked at #84 on the U.K. singles chart and generated more than 1 million video plays on YOUTUBE. Cardle is not a party to the lawsuit.
“Photograph” had sold more than 3.5 million copies, according to the lawsuit, with more than 206 million plays on YOUTUBE.
The lawsuit spells out the musical components that mirror each other in the two songs, saying the are evident even to the untrained listener.
“The chorus sections of ‘Amazing’ and the infringing ‘Photograph’ share 39 identical notes — meaning the notes are identical in pitch, rhythmic duration, and placement in the measure,” claims the lawsuit
The two songs also utilize similar overall structures, melodic rhythms and harmonies, according to the lawsuit.