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Music copyright infringements fall into three different categories; Decided, Settled and cases In the media. To view cases on our website select from the list below or filter by category.

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Harrington, Leonard and HaloSongs vs Sheeran, McDaid and others

2016 • Settled • California, Southern Division, USA

Claimant Work: Amazing

Defendant Work: Photograph

In what has erroneously been referred to as "Cardle v Sheeran", in fact it was two of Matt Cardle's co-writers that brought an action in June 2016 against Ed Sheeran, his co-writer Johnny McDaid, and Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Warner Music Group and Atlantic Recording Corporation (the publishers and record label of the song Photograph) for infringing the copyright in their song Amazing.

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Burruss, Cottle and Briggs vs Sheeran, Mac and McDaid

2017 • Settled • UK

Claimant Work: No Scrubs

Defendant Work: Shape Of You

Although no legal action was ever reported in this case, news stories began to surface in January 2017 observing a similarity between the chorus of Ed Sheeran's single Shape Of You with TLC's 1999 hit No Scrubs, a UK number three and US number one. In March it was reported that the Ed Sheeran song now showed a writer share for the three TLC songwriters.

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Casey Dienel, aka White Hinterland vs Justin Bieber, Skrillex and others

2016 • Settled • USA, District of Tennessee, Nashville Division

Claimant Work: Ring The Bell

Defendant Work: Sorry

Artist Casey Dienel, who also records under the name White Hinterland brought a case against Justin Bieber in May 2016, alleging that Bieber's 2015 hit single ‘Sorry’ copied Dienel's vocal loop from her 2014 song ‘Ring the Bell’. The allegedly copied segment can be heard in the first five seconds of each song.

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Cherry Hill Music vs Universal Music Publishing Limited

1990 • Settled •

Claimant Work: Leaving On A Jet Plane

Defendant Work: Run 2

New Order wrote and recorded the song Run for their 1989 album Technique. It was remixed and released as a single under the title Run 2 the same year. John Denver's publishing company filed a lawsuit claiming that Run closely resembled his 1967 song Leaving On A Jet Plane.

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EMI Publishing Limited vs Universal Music Publishing Limited/Sony Music Publishing Limited

2015 • Settled •

Claimant Work: I Won't Back Down

Defendant Work: Stay With Me

It was reported in January 2015 that the publishers of Sam Smith's hit Stay With Me had agreed a 25% share of royalties to Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and their publishers on account of its similarity to Tom Petty's 1989 single I Won't Back Down. The case was unusual in being disclosed to the press and revealing the settlement amount.

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Hammond and Hazlewood vs Warner Chappell Music Ltd

1993 • Settled •

Claimant Work: The Air That I Breathe

Defendant Work: Creep

This little-reported case from 1993, between Creep and The Air That I Breathe, has received considerable attention in 2018 since it was revealed that Radiohead's publishers were consulting with Lana Del Rey's publishers over similarities between her song Get Free and Creep.