Ed Sheeran accused of plagiarism by Aussie songwriters

Olivia Morris

Ed Sheeran has been hit with a plagiarism lawsuit by two Australian songwriters.

The superstar singer doesn't just write his own songs, he also co-writes a number of song for other top-selling artists.

The 26-year-old is listed as a co-writer for the song The Rest Of Our Life by A-list country couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

Ed Sheeran, performing here in Germany in December 2017, has been hit with a plagiarism lawsuit from two Australian songwriters. Source: Getty
The lawsuit is over a song Ed Sheeran co-wrote for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. The country couple are pictured here in November 2017. Source: Getty

However, the Hollywood Reporter reports the Aussie songwriters who filed the lawsuit, Sean Carey and Beau Golden, claim the track is "almost a note-for-note copy" of their song When I Found You, sung by Jasmine Rae, which was released in 2014.

"The copying is, in many instances, verbatim, not-for-note copying of important and original elements of the song, and is obvious to the ordinary observer," the complaint states.

The Australian pair are reportedly seeking $6.3 million ($5 million USD) in damages and also want the Tim McGraw and Faith Hill version to be permanently blocked.

The Australian pair are reportedly seeking $6.3 million ($5 million USD) in damages from Sheeran (pictured here in December 2017) and also want the Tim McGraw and Faith Hill version to be permanently blocked. Source: Getty

Attorney Richard Busch is representing the Aussie songwriters.

In 2016, Busch was involved in the $25 million ($20 million) lawsuit against Sheeran for his song Photograph.

In 2016, Sheeran was hit with a $25 million ($20 million) lawsuit song Photograph. He is pictured here performing in Germany in December 2016. Source: Getty

Two songwriters claimed Sheeran's song was a rip of a single released by former UK X Factor star Matt Cardle.

The case was eventually settled with the songwriters both being credited to the track.

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