A lawsuit accusing singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran of using a song covered by an “X Factor” winner as the basis for his international chart-topper “Photograph” has been settled, according to Los Angeles court documents obtained Tuesday.

Ed Sheeran in 2013. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
In the 2016 complaint for copyright infringement, composers Martin Harrington and Tom Leonard alleged that “Photograph” was derived from their 2009 song, “Amazing,” which was recorded and released as a single by Matt Cardle, winner of the 2010 season of television’s “The X Factor.”

A federal judge dismissed the case Monday following a request by Sheeran’s attorneys and the “Amazing” composers. Cardle was not a party to the lawsuit, according to court records which did not reveal details of the settlement.

“Photograph” topped pop charts throughout the world and sold more than 3.5 million copies.

Harrington and Leonard alleged that “Amazing” and “Photograph” are nearly identical in pitch, tempo and structure.

— City News Service

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