Ed Sheeran Sued for $20M for Allegedly Copying Song Released by 'X Factor' Winner

June 8, 2016 5:03 PM

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Ed Sheeran's "Photograph" is the type of song that will have his fans singing along, and that will bring other pop superstars like Keith Urban to admit being amazed with its tune craft. Unfortunately, Sheeran's big hit from last summer will now reach a federal judge's ears, too, because on Wednesday, it was alleged in a new $20 million lawsuit that something that otherwise brings good vibes constitutes "verbatim, note-for-note copying."

Song theft lawsuits are increasingly common, but this one has plaintiffs who have written chart-toppers for many prominent artists in the industry including Kylie Minogue and Spice Girl Emma Bunton. The suing songwriters, Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard, along with their publishing company Halo...

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