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Songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard have filed a lawsuit against Ed Sheeran, suing him for $20 million as they claim his track ‘Photograph’ is a copy of the song ‘Amazing’, which they wrote for the X Factor winner, Matt Cardle.
In the lawsuit, attorney Richard Busch stated that the chorus sections “share 39 identical notes, meaning the notes are identical in pitch, rhythmic duration and placement in the measure” – meaning that it could be infringing upon copyright. He also said “The similarities of words, vocal style, … and rhythm are clear indicators, among other things, that ‘Photograph’ copies ‘Amazing’.”
We have included the two songs below for you to compare for yourself:
‘Photograph’ – By Ed Sheeran
‘Amazing’ – By Matt Cardle
This could be potentially leave Ed worried, after just last year, Pharell Williams and Robin Thicke were forced to pay out $7.3 million after the courts found that their hit song Blurred Lines had copied ‘Got To Give It Up’ from Marvin Gaye.
‘Blurred Lines’ – By Robin Thicke and Pharrel Williams
‘Got To Give It Up’ – By Marvin Gaye
Can you hear the similarities in either of the pairs of songs?
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