Photograph was the fifth single from Sheeran’s 2014 album ‘X’. Fellow songwriters Thomas Leonard and Martin Harrington sued the British artist last June, claiming his hit ballad had a similar structure to their song “Amazing”.
The songwriters claimed the chorus of the two songs shared 39 identical notes, with similarities “instantly recognisable to the ordinary observer”. They submitted the chord structures for both tracks in court documents.
Sheeran did not wait for a court decision and settled the matter for USD 20.000.000,-.