Sheeran settles £14 mn copyright lawsuit over ‘Photograph’

Sheeran settles  £14 mn copyright lawsuit over ‘Photograph’

Grammy Award-winning singer Ed Sheeran has struck a deal to end a £14 million copyright infringement lawsuit brought by two songwriters over his hit track, ‘Photograph’.
A judge in California announced that Sheeran and the two songwriters – Martin Harrington and American Thomas Leonard – had reached an agreement and the case was being dismissed. The judge did not make public details of the settlement. had contacted Sheeran’s representative for a comment. Harrington and Leonard sued the singer last June, claiming ‘Photograph’ was a “verbatim, note-for-note copy” of their song ‘Amazing’, which was recorded by The X Factor winner, Matt Cardle in 2012. In their legal documents, they said, “The similarities go beyond substantial, which is itself sufficient to establish copyright infringement and are in fact striking.” They continued to allege that Sheeran and his songwriting partner, Johnny McDaid, had “copied and exploited, without authorisation or credit, the work of other active, professional songwriters on a breathtaking scale”.   - IANS