Ed Sheeran previously settled a US copyright claim over his hit song Photograph for more than $5 million, the High Court heard.
The British star has been accused of copying a track called Amazing that was released in 2012 by former X Factor winner Matt Cardle.
Songwriters Thomas Leonard and Martin Harrington sued the Thinking Out Loud singer, accusing him of receiving “blatant recognition” for their work.
However, Sheeran and his Snow Patrol songwriting partner John McDaid reached a settlement with the songwriters in 2017 to end the US-filed lawsuit.
Details of the settlement were not disclosed in the court filings at the time.
On the first day of an independent lawsuit against Sheeran, McDaid and songwriter Steven McCutcheon, a High Court judge in London allowed some details in court documents to be shared with the media.
Two songwriters, Sami Chokri and Ross O’Donoghue, claim that Sheeran’s 2017 hit “Shape Of You” violates “certain lines and phrases” of their song “Oh Why.”
Andrew Sutcliffe QC, representing the two men, said in written submissions that the claim to the photograph was settled in March 2017 by a lump sum settlement of US$5.4 million from Sheeran, McDaid and music publisher Sony/ATV Music Publishing ( £4million) was paid by Mr Leonard and Mr Harrington.
He continued, “Plaintiffs received ‘a worldwide earnings-only royalty equal to 35% of the gross publishing revenue generated and received through the exploitation’ of the Photograph.”
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Ian Mill QC, representing Sheeran, McDaid and McCutcheon, said the US settlement did not involve “a ruling by any court on the substantive issue of copying”.
He continued with written arguments: “Mr. Sheeran and Mr. McDaid denied the claim and it was settled on confidential terms. They claim they didn’t copy Amazing.”
He added, “The claim that the songwriters habitually copied the work of others should accordingly be dismissed.”
Sheeran’s single Photograph from his album x (Multiply) reached #10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #15 on the UK Singles Chart in 2014.
Cardle’s track Amazing peaked at number 84 in the UK in 2012.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/ed-sheeran-previously-settled-a-copyright-claim-in-the-us-court-told-41413270.html Ed Sheeran previously settled a copyright claim in the US, the court said