Written by Melanie Burton, June 9, 2016

Hollywood’s nicest guy Ed Sheeran has been slapped with a $US20 million lawsuit from some famous songwriters, for allegedly copying one of their tracks! Ed is worth $US60 million, so he could potentially lose a third of his wealth!

Songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard claim that Ed’s 2014 hit Photograph was “note-for-note copying” their 2009 song Amazing, which was released by UK X Factor winner Matt Cardle in 2010.

See how the two songs compare

The lawsuit against the singer states: “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.” Yikes!

Martin and Thomas are well-known in the music industry, having written tracks for the likes of Celine Dion, Kylie Minogue and the Backstreet Boys. Some of their songs have even been nominated for Grammy Award -, including Natalie Imbruglia’s chart-topping song Shiver, and Kylie Minogue’s Billboard hit Love At First Sight.

A lot of copyright lawsuits are placed within the music industry, but most don’t seem to get through court. In this case though, Ed could be in serious trouble because Martin and Thomas have hired successful lawyer Richard Busch.

Richard won the $US5.6 million lawsuit brought by Marvin Gaye’s family against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over their song Blurred Lines. And that’s not all! Just last week, he also won a lawsuit where Madonna was accused of illegally sampling 0.23 seconds of a horn hit from the 1976 song called Love Break, for her 1990 hit Vogue. So pretty much, he’s a total profesh.

“My clients are professional songwriters,” Richard tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Their work is their life, and I am honoured that they have trusted me with this very important case.”

Pray for Ed!

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