Ed Sheeran Settles ‘Photograph’ Copyright Lawsuit

Ed Sheeran and his team have come to a deal in court with two songwriters after they filed a $20 million copyright infringement lawsuit against the British singer and his song “Photograph”.

Last Friday, court papers were filed to dismiss the case with prejudice, but they also said a California federal court would retain jurisdiction and enforce the terms of an agreement. The settlement terms have not been released.

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Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard and their publishing company HaloSongs, filed the lawsuit back in June 2016 claiming that Sheeran’s song “Photograph” is an exact copy of their “Amazing” from 2009. Their single was recorded and released by Matt Cardle, who won the 2010 season of “The X Factor”.

The pair were represented by Richard Busch, who also won for the Marvin Gaye family in the copyright lawsuit over “Blurred Lines”.

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Harrington and Thomas claimed “verbatim, note-for-note copying,” and they included sheet music to prove their case. But it was initially challenged on pleading standards and jurisdiction and in January the judge let it move forward.



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