Songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard are suing Ed Sheeran for $20 million over his single Photograph.
The California-based musicians claim the track has a similar structure to one of their songs.
They allege Ed Sheeran’s ballad, released as a single in 2015, has the same musical composition to their song Amazing.
Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard say they wrote their track in 2009.
In court documents, that include musical note comparison and chord breakdowns of the two songs, the musicians claim the chorus of Photograph shares 39 identical notes with Amazing.
They say the similarities are “instantly recognizable to the ordinary observer”.
The court documents say that Photograph has sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide.
It says it also features prominently in Hollywood drama Me Before You, released last week, as well as trailers for the movie.
Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard’s song Amazing was adapted into a single of the same name for Matt Cardle, the winner of The X Factor in 2010.
Matt Cardle’s version of the track has more than one million views on YouTube, while Ed Sheeran’s music video for Photograph has 208 million.
Documents in the copyright infringement case were filed on June 8 at LA’s federal court in the Central District of California.
Other named defendants being sued include Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid, who is credited as a co-writer on Photograph, as well as various divisions of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Warner Music Group and its subsidiary, Atlantic Recording Corporation.
Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard, and their publishing company HaloSongs, want a trial and damages of more than $20 million, as well as royalties from the song.
They are using the same lawyers who won a case for the family of the late soul singer Marvin Gaye.
They successfully sued Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for copyright infringement last year over their single Blurred Lines, winning a $7.4 million settlement.
Photograph was the fifth single from Ed Sheeran’s 2014 album x (pronounced multiply).
The court documents say Ed Sheeran had called the song “the one that will change (his), kind of, career path”.
The singer has written and co-written tracks for artists like One Direction, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber.
British songwriter Martin Harrington has written tracks for Emma Bunton (What Took You So Long), 5ive (Let’s Dance) and Kylie Minogue (Love at First Sight) as well as working with Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, Westlife, Busted, Atomic Kitten and Blue.
Thomas Leonard’s writing credits include Safe Place to Hide by Backstreet Boys as well as songs by Zero 7 and Echosmith.
As 2012 comes to a close, Barack Obama has pulled together a collection of his favorite pictures for the year and posted them to the White House Facebook page for America to enjoy.
Many of the images of the world’s most photographed man were taken at campaign rallies.
Others were shot during down time, when the President and First Lady, Michelle Obama, could take a breather from their exhausting schedules.
A poignant photo of the First Couple embracing in the darkness after the President’s final campaign rally made Barack Obama’s dozen favorite pictures, as well as one of the pair gazing at their home town, Chicago, from across the water.
“We don’t turn back. We leave no one behind. We pull each other up,” Barack Obama said at the Democratic National Convention, where an image of him at the podium made the top shots.
Barack Obama has pulled together a collection of his favorite pictures for 2012 and posted them to the White House Facebook page
Photos of Barack Obama interacting with his youngest fans also made the cut for 2012’s best pictures.
In one image, Barack Obama is being saluted by an adorable toddler, while another shows him hugging a couple of kids at an elementary school visit.
On first glance, the school photo looks like a million others, however it’s the two classmates sneaking a cheeky kiss in the background that makes the photograph brilliant.
A superb shot of Barack Obama throwing a football on a bright green field and another of him dropping for push ups while a group of basketball players high five beside him round off the photos that chronicle what was a huge, but ultimately successful, year for America’s leader.
The decision to publish a photograph of dead Whitney Houston in her coffin on National Enquirer cover has been widely criticized as a tasteless move by the sensationalist publication.
The source of the picture of Whitney Houston in an open casket is still in question, with the owners of the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark saying that it was nothing to do with them.
Whitney Houston ‘s funeral home owners have denied any direct links to the picture published by the National Enquirer.
Carolyn Whigham, speaking for the funeral home is quoted on the Chicago Tribune website as saying: “I’m going to answer you as the [family’s] publicist told me to answer you: We have no comment. But it was not the funeral home.”
The publication of the photograph has upset many, though others have been unable to overcome their curiosity and have made the trip to the newsstands to purchase a copy.
Whitney Houston’s picture in casket published by National Enquirer
Diana Moss of Chicago was interviewed after purchasing a copy, saying that although she does not normally buy the National Enquirer and thought the photo to be in poor taste, she shelled out the $3.79 cover price because her daughter wanted to see it: “I normally don’t buy these, but she was curious to see [Whitney Houston’s photo].”
Fox News has also reported that the publisher of the National Enquirer has said that she thought the photo was “beautiful.”
There is no credit for the photograph but nobody has officially claimed that the image is fraudulent.
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