Ed Sheeran's Photograph: original or stolen? | The Tylt
Ed Sheeran is being sued by two songwriters who claim that the chorus in Sheeran’s 2013 song Photograph copies another song Amazing, they wrote in 2009.
In documents that include musical note comparison and chord breakdowns of the two songs, Harrington and Leonard claim the chorus of Sheeran's "Photograph" shares 39 identical notes with "Amazing," saying the similarities are "instantly recognizable to the ordinary observer."
The documents say that "Photograph" has sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide, and most recently was featured prominently in romantic drama movie "Me Before You," released last week, as well as trailers for the film.
The similarity between the two songs is undeniable.
However, the lawsuit highlights a growing concern in the music industry. Artists have been building on, remixing, and sampling one another for well… always. The basis for creativity is stealing ideas and transforming them into something new. Sheeran’s Photograph, while similar, is an entirely different song and creation. If we go around suing every artist who builds on another’s work, we undermine art as we know it.
But creativity and the law are two separate things entirely. It is still possible to be creative without ripping off another artist’s work completely. And to add insult to injury, Photograph was a wild success and Sheeran made a huge profit from it. It’s only fair that the original artists are able to benefit from their own creation.
What do you think? #PhotographStolen or #PhotographOriginal?
Ed Sheeran's Photograph: original or stolen?
Channel 5 news story about Ed Sheeran's Photograph song being sued. Expert opinion was that lawyers take away from the creativity... True— Sam (@SamLols) June 9, 2016
The chorus of "Amazing" sounds similar to Ed Sheeran's Photograph. 👌— Stef Ocampo (@baninicake) June 9, 2016
Ed Sheeran faces $20-M copyright lawsuit over 'Photograph'. It took 2 years before they realized. 😅😅— Stef Ocampo (@baninicake) June 9, 2016
cant believe ed sheeran has been sued 20mil for copyright over photograph..! does sound pretty similar to that other song though:'( sorry ed— Mikes (@mykekinder) June 9, 2016