Matt Cardle responds to Ed Sheeran copyright case

Songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard claim that the resemblance between "Photograph" and "Amazing" is too much to miss.

The former X Factor victor has tweeted to clarify that he is not directly involved with legal proceedings after his songwriters filed a lawsuit suing Sheeran for $20 million this week.

"Their work is their life, and I am honoured that they have trusted me with this very important case".

"Given the striking similarity between the chorus of awesome and Photograph, (the) defendants knew when writing, publishing, recording, releasing, and distributing Photograph that they were infringing on a pre-existing musical composition".

The parallels are also said to be "instantly recognisable to the ordinary observer", with the songwriters saying the alleged copying makes up "nearly one-half" of Sheeran's single.

They allege that Photograph, released as a single past year, has the same musical composition as their song incredible, which they say they wrote in 2009. "The similarity of words, vocal style, vocal melody, melody, and rhythm are clear indicators, among other things, that Photograph copies awesome".

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.

"The chorus sections of incredible and the infringing Photograph share 39 identical notes - meaning the notes are identical in pitch, rhythmic duration, and placement in the measure", said the writers' court notes.

Sheeran has yet to comment on the lawsuit. Cardle is not a party to the lawsuit.

Cardle's unbelievable to date has just over one million views on YouTube, while Sheeran's music video for Photograph has 208 million YouTube views.

  • Sheila Mcguire