Ed Sheeran wins copyright case over 2017 hit Shape of You

Thursday, April 7, 2022
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Ed Sheeran Wins Copyright Case Over 2017 Hit Shape of You

After a lengthy legal battle‚ Ed Sheeran has won a copyright case over his 2017 hit Shape of You. This is a victory for the music industry‚ as the song was the UK's biggest-selling song last year and is now Spotify's most-streamed track of all time. The Judge Antony Zacaroli ruled that the singer did not copy Chokri's song in any way. He did acknowledge that the two songs contained one-bar phrases that were similar‚ but that these are only a starting point for possible infringement.

Sami Chokri

A judge has found in favour of the songwriters Sami Chokri and O'Donoghue in an Ed Sheeran copyright case‚ and the singer has been ordered to pay them PS2.2 million in royalties. The judge found that the hook in 'Shape Of You' is very similar to the one in 'Oh Why'‚ which is a well-known song by Sheeran. Chokri and O'Donoghue were entitled to be added as co-writers‚ but they argued it was just a tactic by Sheeran to extract a settlement from them. The judges found in favor of Sheeran in a case brought by Chokri and O'Donoghue. Chokri and O'Donoghue's lawyers didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about the ruling. They claim that the singer did not deliberately copy the song‚ but that the phrase was similar enough to the original to be recognizable as a generic song. Despite the fact that Chokri had no prior knowledge of Sheeran's Shape of You song‚ he remained adamant that he heard the song before Ed Sheeran wrote it. But his team had to prove that the singer had listened to his song‚ as any similarities would be pure coincidence. Chokri's team failed to prove that the song actually played on Sheeran's speakers. While the ruling is not an indication of whether or not Sheeran will face any copyright lawsuits in the future‚ it's important to remember that he has faced a number of copyright cases in the past.

Steven McCutcheon

A UK court has ruled that Ed Sheeran was not guilty of infringing the rights of an American songwriter in the copyright case over Shape of You. The singer denied copying the phrase from Sami Chokri's 2015 track Oh Why‚ which he performs under the name Sami Switch. The case has cost Sheeran some PS2.2 million in royalties. In January 2017‚ Sheeran released the single Shape of You‚ the lead single from his third studio album. The single peaked at number one on various charts worldwide and lasted 59 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. The song has been credited to the TLC producers‚ who are due to get a share of the money earned from the song. The judge ruled that Sheeran had not copied Sami Chokri's Oh Why song in a song published in 2015. The singer defended his work‚ saying that he had never heard the original track and did not know of it before writing the song. He later said that the baseless lawsuits against artists was a waste of time.

Johnny McDaid

While similarities between the two songs are often a starting point in a copyright case‚ it's important to keep in mind that a song can have multiple sources and varying degrees of similarity. The judge found that Shape of You wasn't infringing on any song‚ even though the phrase in question is similar to one by the same artist. The judge said that the song's relevance is more important than its similarity. The disputed song Shape of You has been one of the best-selling songs of 2017‚ reaching number one on the UK singles chart. The song also holds the record for the most-streamed songs on Spotify. Judge Antony Zacaroli noted that the similarities between the two songs are not enough to establish that they are infringements. While similarities between one-bar phrases are a starting point in a copyright case‚ Sheeran's own version of the song is remarkably similar. The court's ruling against Sheeran comes amid the growing backlash against music creators for plagiarism. Sami Chokri‚ a singer who has previously won several other copyright cases‚ claimed that Shape of You was infringing on his 2015 song Oh Why. The judge‚ Antony Zacaroli‚ ruled that Shape of You was not a plagiarism. In a recent court case in the UK‚ Ed Sheeran has successfully won a copyright battle involving the song Shape of You. The judge ruled that the song did not infringe on the 2015 song Oh Why by Sami Chokri and Ross O'Donoghue. Sami Chokri‚ who performs as Sami Switch‚ has been accused of plagiarism in both songs. In response‚ Ed Sheeran claimed the claims were baseless and overstated.

Ed Sheeran

The trial in March was notable because Ed Sheeran was present. He frequently sang when taking the witness stand‚ but a mistake allowed the court to play previously unreleased Sheeran material. The Shape Of You co-writers had denied all allegations of copyright infringement and claimed that Sheeran never heard of the song before he began a legal battle. On the other hand‚ Sheeran's lawyer Andrew Sutcliffe argued that Sheeran is routinely copying other artists' works and that the 'infringing' song was actually a re-write of the song. Sheeran's hit song‚ Shape of You‚ was the most popular song in the UK in 2017. It is also one of the most streamed songs on Spotify. In court‚ Judge Antony Zacaroli ruled that Sheeran didn't infringe Chokri's copyright by rewriting the song. The two songs do share a one-bar phrase‚ but this is not enough to establish copyright infringement. Earlier in the year‚ Sheeran had been accused of stealing lyrics from a song called Oh Why. Chokri and O'Donoghue had sued the singer and claimed that Shape of You was a plagiarism. Sami Chokri and Ross O'Donoghue‚ who performs under the name Sami Switch‚ claimed that Sheeran's song copied an entire phrase from their song‚ Oh Why. The trial was won by Sheeran after two days of intense questioning. The judge accepted Sheeran's evidence that he knew nothing about the song before writing his own. However‚ the court rejected the defendants' claim that Sheeran was a'musical magpie' who regularly copied other people's music. Ultimately‚ the judge ruled that Sheeran did not copy the song but rather copied it in spirit.