Matt Cardle responds to Ed Sheeran copyright case

“This is not my lawsuit”

Matt Cardle has responded to the news that Ed Sheeran is reportedly being sued for $20m by the songwriters behind the X Factor winner’s single, ‘Amazing’, who allege the Suffolk singer copied it “note-for-note” for his 2014 smash-hit ‘Photograph’.

Distancing himself from the lawsuit, Cardle, who reached No 84 in the UK with ‘Amazing’, tweeted, “This is not my lawsuit. I think Ed Sheeran is a genius and 100 per cent deserves all his success.” You can see the full post below.

After it was revealed that ‘Amazing’ songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard had signed up Attorney Richard Busch to represent them, who won the ‘Blurred Lines’ case for Marvin Gaye’s family, he also made a statement earlier today (June 9). He said, “My clients are professional songwriters. Their work is their life, and I am honoured that they have trusted me with this very important case.”

Busch filed a lawsuit in a Los Angeles federal court earlier this week (Wednesday), which reportedly claimed, “The chorus sections of ‘Amazing’ and the infringing ‘Photograph’ share 39 identical notes – meaning the notes are identical in pitch, rhythmic duration, and placement in the measure.

“The songs’ similarities reach the very essence of the work. The similarities go beyond substantial, which is itself sufficient to establish copyright infringement, and are in fact striking. The similarity of words, vocal style, vocal melody, melody, and rhythm are clear indicators, among other things, that ‘Photograph’ copies ‘Amazing’.”

‘Photograph’ is largely attributed as being key to launching Sheeran to the global status he currently enjoys. The lawsuit also allegedly claims that as of June 1, it has sold more than 3.5m copies. The video for the song has also received over 208 million plays on YouTube.