Ed Sheeran Faces $20M Copyright Row Over 'Photograph'

Law360, New York (June 8, 2016, 8:14 PM EDT) -- British singer Ed Sheeran violated U.S. copyright laws by basing a portion of his hit song "Photograph" on a chorus from another song without first obtaining permission, according to a complaint by two songwriters who seek at least $20 million in damages.

Martin Harrington, Thomas Leonard and HaloSongs Inc. — a publishing company owned by Harrington — allege that the chorus sections of their song "Amazing" are substantially similar to the chorus in Sheeran's song, according to the complaint filed Wednesday in California federal court.

The songwriters claim that Sheeran and John McDaid, the co-writer of "Photograph," had access to "Amazing"...

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