Sheeran set­tles `113.2 cr law­suit over Pho­to­graph

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Grammy Award-win­ning singer Ed Sheeran (below) has struck a deal to end a 14 mil­lion pounds (`113.2crore ap­prox­i­mately) copy­right in­fringe­ment law­suit brought by two song­writ­ers over his hit track, Pho­to­graph.

This week, a judge in Cal­i­for­nia, US, an­nounced that Sheeran and the two song­writ­ers, Martin Har­ring­ton and Amer­i­can Thomas Leonard, had reached an agree­ment and the case was be­ing dis­missed. The judge did not make pub­lic de­tails of the set­tle­ment.

Mir­ had con­tacted Sheeran’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive for com­ment. Har­ring­ton and Leonard sued the singer last June, claim­ing Pho­to­graph was a “ver­ba­tim, note-fornote copy­ing” of their song, Amaz­ing, recorded by The X Fac­tor win­ner Matt Car­dle in 2012.

In their le­gal doc­u­ments, they said: “The sim­i­lar­i­ties go beyond sub­stan­tial, which is it­self suf­fi­cient to es­tab­lish copy­right in­fringe­ment and are in fact strik­ing.”

They con­tin­ued to al­lege that Sheeran and his song­writ­ing part­ner Johnny McDaid had copied and ex­ploited, with­out credit or au­tho­ri­sa­tion, the work of other ac­tive, pro­fes­sional song­writ­ers on a breath­tak­ing scale. “This copy­ing is, in many in­stances, ver­ba­tim, note-for-note copy­ing, makes up nearly one half of Pho­to­graph, and raises this case to the un­usual level of strik­ingly sim­i­lar copy­ing,” they said.

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