Grammy Award-winning songwriter Ed Sheeran has received a UK copyright battle over his 2017 hit “Shape of You”, then slammed what he described as a “culture” of baseless lawsuits supposed to squeeze cash out of artists wanting to keep away from the expense of a trial.
The British pop star and his co-writers, Snow Patrol’s John McDaid and producer Steven McCutcheon, had denied allegations that the tune copied a part of 2015’s “Oh Why” by Sami Chokri, who performs below the identify Sami Switch.
“Whilst we’re obviously happy with the result, I feel like claims like this are way too common now and have become a culture where a claim is made with the idea that a settlement will be cheaper than taking it to court, even if there is no basis for the claim,” Sheerhan stated in a video posted on Twitter. “It’s really damaging to the songwriting industry.”
Andrew Sutcliffe, the lawyer for the co-writers of “Oh Why,” argued that there was an “indeniable similarity between the works.” He claimed that Sheeran had “Oh Why” in his head “consciously or unconsciously” when “Shape of You” was written in 2016.
The plaintiffs alleged that the refrain “Oh I, Oh I, Oh I” in the chorus of “Shape Of You” was “strikingly comparable” to the line “Oh why, Oh why, Oh why” in their track.
During the 11-day trial, Sheeran denied allegations that he “borrows” ideas from unknown songwriters without acknowledgement and said he has always been fair in crediting people who contribute to his albums.
In Wednesday’s ruling, High Court Judge Antony Zacaroli concluded that Sheeran “neither intentionally nor subconsciously” copied a phrase from “Oh Why″ when writing his smash hit.
Sheeran, McDaid and Mac stated in a press release that the price of the case was greater than monetary. The stress of going to trial additionally hurts creativity, means much less time to make music and takes an emotional toll, they stated.
“It is so painful to hear someone publicly and aggressively challenge your integrity,” the trio said. “It is so painful to must defend your self in opposition to accusations that you’ve got completed one thing that you have not completed, and would by no means do.”
“Shape of You” was the biggest-selling tune within the UK in 2017.