Ed Sheeran, the amazing vocalist who provided the Sons of Anarchy soundtrack with the unmistakable hit song “Make It Rain“, is up against some pretty serious allegations – and is being sued for $20 million over another hit song of his, “Photograph“. The tune, a top 10 hit song that sold over 3.5 million copies, is under scrutiny by a pair of California songwriters, Martin Harrington and Tom Leonard, as they claim copyright infringement against it, from a song they released in 2012.
Richard Busch, the attorney for Harrington and Leonard, issued a statement alleging that,
“My clients are professional songwriters, their work is their life, and I am honored that they have trusted me with this very important case.”
Also named in the lawsuit are “Photograph” co-writer Johnny McDaid, the song’s record label Warner Music Group, and publishers Sony/ATV Songs, as well as Polar Patrol Music. Harrington and Leonard allege that “they wrote music in 2009 that was eventually used in the song, “Amazing,”” and also that “”Amazing” and “Photograph” have similar choruses and share 39 notes in common, in addition to the notes being identical in pitch, rhythmic duration, and placement in the measure.”
Check out both songs below, and judge it for yourself – tell us in the comments if you think the songs are so similar that it requires a $20 million dollar lawsuit to settle. On a side note, attorney Richard Busch is, in fact, the same lawyer who succeeded in representing the family of Marvin Gaye in a copyright infringement lawsuit against artists Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams just last year.
Ed Sheeran – Photograph:
Matt Cardle – Amazing: