British singer song writer Ed Sheeran was recently reported to have settled a copyright infringement claim against him in the US worth $20m (£13.8m) with no admission of guilt.

The infringement claim centred over Ed Sheeran’s 2014 song called ‘Photograph’ which discusses a long-distance relationship inspired by Sheeran’s own experience of being away from his then-girlfriend while on tour.  ‘Photograph’ was said to have a similar structure to an earlier song called ‘Amazing’.  ‘Amazing’ is a song by British singer-songwriter Matt Cardle (who won X Factor in 2010), released as the third single from his successful debut studio album, Letters, on 19 February 2012.   ‘Amazing’ was co-written in 2009 by Thomas Leonard and Martin Harrington.  The chord structures for both tracks were submitted as part of court documents and these revealed that the chorus of both songs shared 39 identical notes.