Ed Sheeran Faces $20 Million Lawsuit Over Hit Song 'Photograph'

Ed Sheeran Faces $20 Million Lawsuit Over Hit Song 'Photograph'

Ed Sheeran Faces $20 Million Lawsuit Over Hit Song 'Photograph'

Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard, are using Richard Busch as their lawyer on this case.

Ed Sheeran arrives at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Milan, Italy on October 25, 2015.

In their suit, they claim Sheeran did "verbatim, note-for-note copying" for his hit song "Photograph", which Harrington and Leonard say borrows from their track "Amazing".

"Amazing" was first written by Harrington and Leonard in May 2009 and later recorded and released by Matt Cardle - victor of the 2010 season of British "The X Factor" - on his 2012 debut studio album, "Letters", according to court documents.

Busch also spoke to NBC News stating, "My clients are professional songwriters". "Their work is their life, and I am honored that they have trusted me with this very important case".

"The songs" similarities reach the very essence of the work.

The lawsuit attempts to state that "Photograph" shares 39 identical notes with "Amazing".

Other named defendants include Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid, credited as a co-writer of Photograph, as well as units of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Warner Music Group and its subsidiary, Atlantic Recording Corporation.

Harrington and Leonard are seeking a jury trial and damages in excess of US$20 million, plus song royalties.

Sheeran has yet to comment on the lawsuit.

According to the new lawsuit, Photograph and unbelievable share 39 identical notes and the similarities are "beyond substantial".

Pop singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is now the target of a pretty bitter, potentially expensive lawsuit, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Since being uploaded in 2012, Cradle's version of fantastic has been streamed over 1 million times, while Sheeran's song has been viewed more than 208 million times and has sold 3.5 million copies in the us since it was released past year.

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