Ed Sheeran Sued for Stealing a Song by 'X Factor' Winner

Songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard are alleging that Ed's hit track Photograph is a "note-for-note copy" of a song they penned for Matt called fantastic, which was released as his third single back in 2012.

"The song's similarities reach the very essence of the world". In other words, they say that about 70% of the chorus of the song was copied from "Amazing".

'Amazing' reached number 84 in the United Kingdom charts upon its release in 2012. Harrington and Leonard's single was released in 2009 and to prove the similarities between two compositions, the "Amazing" songwriters released documents to support the claim.

Ed's co-writer Johnny McDaid, publishers Sony/ATV Songs and Polar Patrol Music, touring company Nathan Cable Touring and record label Warner Music Group have all been named in the lawsuit. Photograph on the other hand has sold more than 3.4 million copies worldwide. The "Amazing" song was released in 2010 by X Factor victor Matt Cardle. Harrington and Leonard have written hits for some of the industry's biggest stars, including Kylie Minogue. And they are being represented by attorney Richard Busch.

Attorney Richard Busch made headlines past year when he won the $US5.6 million ($7.4 million) lawsuit brought by Marvin Gaye's family against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over their song Blurred Lines.

Sheeran's representative did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News' request for comment.

In addition to the $20 million in damages they allege to already have incurred, the two are reportedly seeking royalties from the song or an injunction.

Even before the lawsuit was issued, suspicious fans have pointed out the striking similarities between the two songs.

The team, who have claimed Sheeran's song copied them, want $20 million.

  • Sheila Mcguire