Ed Sheeran and Johnny McDaid are being sued by songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard for plagiarizing Photograph.
Photograph is one of Ed Sheeran’s most popular works. With beautiful lyrics, amazing vocals and heartfelt music, the song is a genuine soul food, but it’s not so genuine according to songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard.
Harrington and Leonard claim that almost 39 chords used in Sheeran’s Photograph have been plagiarized from their song Amazing. Amazing was written by them for the X-Factor winner, Matt Cardle. The song has a million views on YouTube and safe to say, no one would have realized the similarities between the songs.
Harrington and Leonard however are not letting it go. They might not be as well-known as Sheeran or McDaid but they have been around a long time. Harrington co-wrote Kylie Minogue’s hit “Love at First Sight” as well as songs for Celine Dion, Natalie Imbruglia and Atomic Kitten, and Leonard has written songs for the Backstreet Boys, George Huff and Charice.
The motion has been filed as wilful copyright infringement. Mentioning Sheeran and McDaid, the credited writers of the international hit song “Photograph”. The motion also included others who had participated in the making the copied, and exploited, without authorization or credit, the work of other active, professional songwriters.
Richard Busch has been confirmed to be representing Harrington and Leonard. If anyone remembers right, he is the same lawyer who sued Pharell Williams and Robin Thicke on behalf of Marvin Gaye’s family. The dup lost the case over Blurred Lines and paid the late singer’s family dearly.
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Busch hopes to achieve the same result with Sheeran and McDaid. The songwriter’s are suing the defendants for $20 million plus the royalties for the distribution of the song, according to THR. This is not the first time this has happened. All major stars have at one point or another faced such charges. The defendants will not have to prove that the song is not exactly similar to Amazing.