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Ed Sheeran to settle $20m lawsuit over copyright

By David Mercer

Ed Sheeran has reached a deal to end a $20m lawsuit over his hit song Photograph - which he co-wrote with Johnny McDaid from Snow Patrol.

The British music star was accused of "note-for-note" copying from a track called Amazing, which was released by former X Factor winner Matt Cardle in 2012.

Songwriters Thomas Leonard and Martin Harrington sued the Thinking Out Loud singer, accusing him of "unabashedly taking credit" for their work.

They said Sheeran and his Snow Patrol songwriting partner McDaid, from Londonderry, had "copied and exploited, without authorisation or credit, the work of other active, professional songwriters on a breathtaking scale".

An order signed by judge James Selna at a California court on Monday said the case had been dismissed after an agreement had been reached between the parties.

Details of the settlement were not revealed in the court papers.

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