The two songwriters who penned UK X Factor
season 10 winner Matt Cardle's 2011 track "Amazing
" sued Ed Sheeran for allegedly lifting their melody, rhythm and more for this song. Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard claimed in their lawsuit that "the songs' similarities reach the very essence of the work." The pair added the choruses of both tracks share 39 identical notes, "in pitch, rhythmic duration and placement in the measure."
The lawsuit continued: "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.'"
Ed Sheeran came to an agreement over the lawsuit with Harrington and Leonard in early April 2017.