9.3 C
London
Monday, November 28, 2022

Ed Sheeran wins High Court copyright battle over Shape Of You hit

Must read

Having a funny bot like Chandler Bing’s can make you a hot item on Tinder

Dinner dates may be dead, as picnics, coffee dates, standups, long drives, and cooking were among the most popular to date ideas. Going...

Dell Technologies demonstrates that network infrastructure spending is robust

Supplier of hardware and infrastructure solutions Dell Technologies (NASDAQ: DELL) is a diversified technology company consisting of two main segments, infrastructure and customer solutions....

Top 5 Financially Exhausting Divorce Settlements in History

The concept of "broken families" has been around since the dawn of humanity. In fact, divorce is a normal part of life these...
Shreya Christinahttps://londonbusinessblog.com
Shreya has been with londonbusinessblog.com for 3 years, writing copy for client websites, blog posts, EDMs and other mediums to engage readers and encourage action. By collaborating with clients, our SEO manager and the wider londonbusinessblog.com team, Shreya seeks to understand an audience before creating memorable, persuasive copy.
E

d Sheeran’s 2017 hit Shape Of You does not infringe another artist’s copyright, a High Court judge has ruled.

At a trial last month, the singer and his Shape Of You co-writers, Snow Patrol’s John McDaid and producer Steven McCutcheon, faced accusations that they ripped off the 2015 song Oh Why by Sami Chokri and Ross O’Donoghue.

In a ruling on Wednesday, Mr Justice Zacaroli concluded that Sheeran “neither deliberately nor subconsciously” copied a phrase from Oh Why when writing Shape Of You.

Ed Sheeran outside the Rolls Building at the High Court in central London (Kirsty O’Connor/PA) / PA Wire

The singer-songwriter and his co-authors originally launched legal proceedings in May 2018, asking the High Court to declare they had not infringed Chokri and O’Donoghue’s copyright.

Two months later, Chokri – a grime artist who performs under the name Sami Switch – and O’Donoghue issued their own claim for “copyright infringement, damages and an account of profits in relation to the alleged infringement”.

The pair alleged that an “Oh I” hook in Shape Of You is “strikingly similar” to an “Oh Why” refrain in their own track.

During the 11-day trial at the Rolls Building in London, Sheeran denied he “borrows” ideas from unknown songwriters without acknowledgement and insisted he “always tried to be completely fair” in crediting people who contribute to his albums.

Sami Chokri claimed Ed Sheeran’s hit Shape Of You copied part of his song Oh Why (Kirst O’Connor/PA) / PA Wire

The singer told the court he was trying to “clear my name” and denied using litigation to “intimidate” Chokri and O’Donoghue into abandoning the copyright dispute.

Lawyers for the Oh Why co-writers labelled Sheeran a “magpie”, alleging that he “habitually copies” other artists and that it was “extremely likely” he had previously heard Oh Why.

Chokri told the trial he felt “robbed” by the music star and was “shocked” when he first heard Shape Of You on the radio.

But lawyers for Sheeran, McDaid and McCutcheon said the allegations against them were “impossible to hold”, with the evidence pointing to Shape Of You being an “independent creation”.

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest article

Having a funny bot like Chandler Bing’s can make you a hot item on Tinder

Dinner dates may be dead, as picnics, coffee dates, standups, long drives, and cooking were among the most popular to date ideas. Going...

Dell Technologies demonstrates that network infrastructure spending is robust

Supplier of hardware and infrastructure solutions Dell Technologies (NASDAQ: DELL) is a diversified technology company consisting of two main segments, infrastructure and customer solutions....

Top 5 Financially Exhausting Divorce Settlements in History

The concept of "broken families" has been around since the dawn of humanity. In fact, divorce is a normal part of life these...

The Untold Truth of Master P

Who is Master P's daughter Cymphonique Miller? Wiki bio Cymphonique Miller was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, on August 1, 1996 – her...