Ed Sheeran Just Settled A £16m Copyright Lawsuit Over ‘Photograph’
Two songwriters weren't happy with Ed.
Ed Sheeran has settled a huge lawsuit over claims he and co-writer Johnny McDaid ‘copied’ his 2014 album track ‘Photograph’.
The singer was accused by songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard of making a ‘note-for-note’ copy of the song that they wrote for X Factor winner Matt Cardle back in 2010, bringing a £16million claim to courts.
The Hollywood Reporter have since reported that court papers were filed on Friday throwing the case out for good, but that there was a settlement agreement in place that needed to be followed through.
The lawsuit claimed that Sheeran’s song "copied and exploited, without authorisation or credit, the work of other active, professional songwriters on a breathtaking scale”.
Adding: "This copying is, in many instances, verbatim, note-for-note copying, makes up nearly one half of Photograph, and raises this case to the unusual level of strikingly similar copying."
Details of the settlement have not been disclosed, but we’re sure Ed’s glad to have this drama behind him.
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