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Ed Sheeran's IP dispute settles

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Last September a work experience student at Birkett Long, Katrina Russell, wrote a blog on Ed Sheeran’s defence of a $20 million lawsuit in the United States. You can read the article, posted by Liz O'Mahony here.

The lawsuit was brought by US musicians Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard, who sued Sheeran and co-writer Johnny McDaid claiming that Sheeran’s song “Photograph” bore similarities with Harrington and Leonard’s song “Amazing”, which was released by 2012 X Factor winner Matt Cardle.

Turning to the present day, it has been reported that Sheeran has settled the suit, although the terms of the settlement have not been released.  It is common for artists to give song-writing credit after an infringement claim, so it will be interesting to see whether Sheeran acknowledges Harrington and Leonard in the writing credits for Photograph.  I recommend listening for yourself and comparing the chorus of both songs.  Do you think they are similar enough to warrant an infringement claim?

If you require advice or assistance in any intellectual property matter, please contact David Wisbey on 01245 453817 or alternatively you can email david.wisbey@birkettlong.co.uk

 

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