Ed Sheeran is reportedly seeking to quash a lawsuit that claims he copied the melody of a 2017 hit that he wrote for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
In January, songwriters Sean Carey and Beau Golden filed a lawsuit that accuses Sheeran of stealing the melody for Jasmine Rae’s ‘When I Found You’ and using it for Hill and McGraw’s ‘The Rest Of Our Life’, which was penned by the ‘Shape of You’ star.
But TMZ now claims that Sheeran has filed documents that deny Carey and Golden’s accusations, describing the track as “an originally and independently created musical composition”.
The latest accusation comes after Sheeran previously faced claims that he had ripped off Matt Cardle’s 2012 track ‘Amazing’ on his 2014 effort ‘Photograph’.
Last year, a California court confirmed that the case has been dismissed after an out-of-court agreement between Ed and the songwriters was reached.
The case was brought against Sheeran and Snow Patrol’s Jonny McDaid by songwriters Thomas Leonard and Martin Harrington.
“The similarities go beyond substantial, which is itself sufficient to establish copyright infringement, and are in fact striking,’ their complaint read.
“The similarity of words, vocal style, vocal melody, melody, and rhythm are clear indicators, among other things, that Photograph copies Amazing.”
Ed also faced a similar lawsuit from the family of Marvin Gaye who claimed that ‘Let’s Get It On’ was copied on Ed’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ in 2016, before the case was ultimately dismissed.