Singer-Songwriter Ed Sheeran's popular hit "'Photograph' has just landed him in the middle of a copyright infringement lawsuit that could cost him USD$20 Million. More than 1/3 of his Forbes estimated net worth.
According to the lawsuit, Ed Sheeran's hit shares a similar structure to the song "Amazing" which was written by Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard in 2009 and released by former X-Factor winner Matt Cardle in 2012.
The lawsuit initiated by Martin Harrington & Thomas Leonard states:
"Given the striking similarity between the chorus of Amazing and Photograph, (the) defendants knew when writing, publishing, recording, releasing, and distributing Photograph that they were infringing on a pre-existing musical composition."
The court documents include chorus cord structure comparisons between the two songs.
Have a listen for yourselves -
Ed Sheeran: Photograph
Matt Cardle: Amazing
(Image Credit: Belfast Telegraph)