Off the hook – Ed manages to settle £16m breach of copyright lawsuit

British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran performs during a concert at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam on April 3, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANP / Paul Bergen / Netherlands OUT (Photo credit should read PAUL BERGEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Ed Sheeran has settled a copyright infringement lawsuit over his hit song Photograph.

Musicians Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard had sued Sheeran for $20m (£16m) after claiming his song was similar to their composition, Amazing.

The Hollywood Reporter said court papers were filed on Friday dismissing the case with prejudice, meaning permanently, but stipulating that a California federal court would retain jurisdiction to ensure the terms of an agreement were adhered to.

Harrington and Leonard, along with their publishing company HaloSongs, alleged that Photograph drew on a song they penned in 2009 which was recorded and released as a single by Matt Cardle, the winner of the 2010 series of The X Factor.

Image:Lawyers from the infamous Blurred Lines case were involved in the Sheeran dispute

The lawsuit claimed that Amazing had been copied “verbatim” with “note for note copying,” the Hollywood Reporter said.

Their lawyer Richard Busch told Sky News: “I can confirm the case has settled but cannot comment further.”

Sheeran’s publicists at Atlantic Records and his lawyers are yet to respond to a request for comment from Sky News.

Sheeran also faces a lawsuit over allegations he copied the core elements of Marvin Gaye classic Let’s Get It On for his song Thinking Out Loud.

A previous lawsuit involving allegations Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s hit Blurred Lines had been derived from Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit Got To Give Up led to Gaye’s family winning £4.8m in damages.

Mr Busch represented the plaintiffs in the latter case.