Saturday 1 October 2016

'It's not my lawsuit,' says 'X Factor' star over Sheeran song dispute

Eleanor Bley Griffiths

Published 10/06/2016 | 02:30

Singer Ed Sheeran. Photo: PA
Singer Ed Sheeran. Photo: PA

'X Factor' winner Matt Cardle has distanced himself from a multi-million-pound lawsuit between his songwriters and Ed Sheeran.

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Sheeran is being sued for more than £13m (€16m) by songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard. They allege that his 2014 summer hit 'Photograph' copies Cardle's 2012 single 'Amazing', which they wrote, and that the songs' similarities "reach the very essence of the work".

Cardle tweeted: "This is not my lawsuit. I think @edsheeran is a genius & 100% deserves all his success."

Lawyer Richard Busch, who recently triumphed on behalf of Marvin Gaye's family in a copyright case over the Robin Thicke hit 'Blurred Lines', is representing the songwriters.

According to court papers posted online, the lawsuit alleges that the choruses of 'Amazing' and 'Photograph' share 39 identical notes. It reads: "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'."

The parallels are also said to be "instantly recognisable to the ordinary observer", with the songwriters saying the alleged copying makes up "nearly one half" of Sheeran's single.

Sheeran will have to answer the charges alongside his 'Photograph' co-writer, Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid, as well as other co-defendants including Sony/ATV Songs, Warner Music and Polar Patrol Music Publishing. Sheeran's management have not commented.

Irish Independent

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