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Ed Sheeran faces $20-M copyright lawsuit over ‘Photograph’

Two California-based musicians are suing British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran for $20 million over his hit song “Photograph,” which they claim bears a similar structure to one of their songs, according to court documents filed on Wednesday.

The copyright infringement lawsuit was filed by Martin Harrington, a songwriter and producer, and Thomas Leonard, a songwriter signed to Harrington’s company HaloSongs, in federal court in the Central District of California.

The two musicians allege Sheeran’s ballad “Photograph,” released as a single in 2015, has the same musical composition to their song “Amazing,” which they said they wrote in 2009.

Other named defendants include Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid, credited as a co-writer of “Photograph,” as well as units of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Warner Music Group and its subsidiary, Atlantic Recording Corporation. (Reuters)