The former X Factor winner clears things up on Twitter
Songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard are claiming that Ed’s hit track Photograph is a ‘note-for-note copy’ of a song they penned for Matt called Amazing, which came out as his third single back in 2012.
The pair are apparently suing Ed for $20 million in the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles this week by attorney Richard Busch, who recently represented Marvin Gaye’s family in their copyright case against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines.
Now Matt, 33, has broken his silence about it all on social media and is keen to point out that he’s not involved in the case.
He also appears to have thrown his support behind 25-year-old Ed.
‘Please read news articles closely. This is not my lawsuit,’ Matt told his Twitter followers yesterday.
‘I think @edsheeran is a genius & 100% deserves all his success X’
This response has slightly confused many fans though following the emergence of a video which appears to show Matt jokingly calling Ed a ‘thief’ at a concert.
In the clip the singer is seen saying: ‘Ed Sheeran, what a guy. What a legend.
‘I know him well. He’s nice, but he is a thief. He stole my Grammy.
‘No he didn’t still my Grammys, I’m super proud of the guy.’
Matt then looks to be about to launch into a performance of Amazing. It’s unclear when the footage was filmed.
The case has certainly got everyone talking and many music fans are pretty sad about it.
‘This is a whole big mess and tearing both fans apart,’ one Twitter user wrote.
It’s claimed in court documents that Harrington and Leonard, with Halo Songs, are bringing the action against Ed and Johnny McDaid, the Snow Patrol star who co-wrote Photograph, and the paperwork accuses them of ‘participating in a scheme aiding, inducing, and contributing to copyright infringement in the U.S’.
Ed hasn’t publicly commented on the case and is still taking a break from social media to take time out and travel the world but a spokesperson has said: ‘We don’t comment on litigation.’