In what is now becoming a much too commom place occurrence for the ever popular Ed Sheeran, he has settled yet another copyright infringement lawsuit over one of his releases called "Photograph".
In a case brought by Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard, along with their publishing company HaloSongs the suit claimed that the son was taken from them and the sheet music to their song "Amazing" sung by X-factor Matt Cardle who won the 2010 season proves to be a note for note rip off of their song.
Not to be held hostage in the lurks, both Sony Atv Music and Warner Chappell Music Pub have made concessions in this lawsuit as well.
It's pretty sad, but it now seems extremely plausible that all the side talk about the use of ghost writers and other individuals to provide Sheeran with songs has some real traction and may prove to be more right than wrong!
It's a pretty sorry state that our business has been exposed to so many unjust claims, and now a much lower point under sad circumstance with some of these claims of plagiarism being brought forth and proven to be true without prejudice!
I guess being the number one steaming artist of all time on Spotify may have to be an award Mr Sheeran shares with many others who are unseen yet clearly in the picture!
This certainly makes his now overused one man band performances a lot less compelling and in fact may be an intentional distraction to downplay the involvement of others in his success! Hmmmmmm.
"Originally seeking at least $20 million in damages, songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard alleged the song derived from their work.
Ed Sheeran has come to a deal to end a $20 million copyright infringement lawsuit brought by two songwriters over his hit, "Photograph."
On Friday, court papers were filed dismissing the case with prejudice, but also stipulating that a California federal court would retain jurisdiction to enforce the terms of an agreement. No word on the settlement terms, but co-defendants Sheeran, Sony/ATV and Warner Music likely provided some consideration to escape the claims.
Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard, along with their publishing company HaloSongs, filed the lawsuit in June 2016, alleging that "Photograph" derived from their 2009 work "Amazing," which was recorded and released as a single by Matt Cardle, the winner of the 2010 season of the television competition show The X Factor. They were represented in court by Richard Busch, the attorney who prevailed at trial on behalf of the Marvin Gaye family in the copyright lawsuit over "Blurred Lines."
The complaint, which charged "verbatim, note-for-note copying," and included sheet music to prove it, was initially challenged on pleading standards and jurisdiction, but in January a judge let it move forward."