Ed Sheeran is the latest singer to be accused of musical thievery.
The pop singer cum songwriter had a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against him, Wednesday, (June, 8) by songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard for the whooping sum of $20 million for his 2015 hit “Photograph”.
Harrington and Leonard are accusing the Grammy-winning artist of stealing material from their 2009 song “Amazing” which was performed by Matt Cardle, the winner of the 2010 X Factor and later released in 2012.
Also included in the suit are Jonny McDaid, the co-writer for “Photograph”, Sheeran’s record label Warner Music Group and publishers Sony/ATV Songs and Polar Patrol Music.
Like being sued wasn’t bad enough, the attorney representing Harrington and Leonard is the dreaded Richard Busch.
Busch who’s also known as Marvin Gaye’s family attorney won a $7.4 million lawsuit in 2015 against Robin Thicke and Pharrell William after they were both sued for copyright infringement damage due to the close similarities between Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.” and their 2013 hit “Blurred Lines”. The suit was later reduced to $5.3 million by a judge.
Some have speculated Thicke’s career still hasn’t recovered from Busch’s touch.
While comparing Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph” and Matt Cardle’s “Amazing” the lawsuit claimed both songs contain 39 identical notes “in pitch, rhythmic duration and placement in the measure.”
“My clients are professional songwriters,” Busch said in a statement to NBC News “Their work is their life, and I am honored that they have trusted me with this very important case.”
Harrington and Leonard, have also written songs for Kylie Minogue and Emma Bunton.
Sheeran’s “Photograph” was a top 10 hit in the United States, after it sold over 3.5 million copies.
Listen and judge the similarities
Harrington and Leonard are seeking financial damages and are opting for an out-of-court settlement.
Neither Sheeran nor his label have responded to the suit.
Being sued for copyright infringement seems to be the in-thing now as just last month Justin Bieber and Skrillex were sued by singer, White Hinterland, for stealing contents from her song “Ring the Bell,” released in 2014 for his 2015 dancehall pop hit “Sorry.”