Ed Sheeran once said his song "Photograph" "will be the one that will change [his]... career path," but a lawsuit wasn't what he had in mind.
UPDATE // APRIL 10, 2017:
EARLIER // JUNE 8, 2016:
"The songs' similarities reach the very essence of the work," states the complaint. "The similarities go beyond substantial, which is itself sufficient to establish copyright infringement, and are in fact striking. The similarity of words, vocal style, vocal melody, melody, and rhythm are clear indicators, among other things, that 'Photograph' copies 'Amazing.'"
The complaint estimates Sheeran has raked in more than $20 million, so the plaintiffs are seeking statutory damages and either an injunction or a running royalty.
Listen to both of the songs below to compare: