Ed Sheeran faces $20M copyright suit over song ‘Photograph’

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Los Angeles (AP) — British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is facing a $20 million lawsuit alleging he used another song as the basis for his international hit “Photograph.”

The suit accusing him of copyright infringement was filed in Los Angeles by Martin Harrington and Tom Leonard, composers of the song “Amazing.”

British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is shown in this May 17, 2015, file photo. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP)
British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is shown in this May 17, 2015, file photo. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP)

City News Service cites court documents that say “Amazing” and “Photograph” are nearly identical in pitch, tempo and structure.

“Amazing” was recorded and released as a single by Matt Cardle, winner of the 2010 season of TV’s “The X Factor.”  Cardle is not a party to the lawsuit.

“Photograph” topped pop charts throughout the world and sold more than 3.5 million copies.