Trouble ahead for Ed?
Ed Sheeran could be in for a very expensive day in court as he’s reportedly being sued for $20 MILLION.
The singer, 25, is facing a huge copyright case as he’s been accused of copying a tune by none other than former X Factor winner Matt Cardle. Nope, we didn’t see that coming either.
Songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard are alleging that Ed’s hit track Photograph is a ‘note-for-note copy’ of a song they penned for Matt called Amazing, which was released as his third single back in 2012.
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’.
The lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles on Wednesday, says: ‘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.
‘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.’
33-year-old Matt, who was crowned X Factor champ in 2010, isn’t involved in the case himself and hasn’t commented. When he released Amazing it charted at No 84 in the UK.
Ed hasn’t publicly commented either and is still taking a break from social media to take time out and travel the world.
The case has been filed by Richard Busch, the attorney who recently represented Marvin Gaye’s family in their copyright case against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines.
His side won in that particular lawsuit, with Robin and Pharrell ordered to pay $7.3 million in copyright infringement due to similarities between their hit tune and Marvin’s song Got To Give It Up.
And in case you’re curious, here’s Amazing as sung by Matt back in 2012: