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Ed Sheeran wins copyright battle for ‘Shape Of You’ UK News

Sheeran and his Shape Of You co-writers John McDaid of Snow Patrol and producer Steven McCutcheon have denied stealing Sami Chokri’s 2015 song Oh Why.

Chokri, a grime artist who performs as Sami Switch, and his co-writer Ross O’Donoghue, claimed that an “Oh I” hook in Shape Of You is “strikingly similar” to an “Oh Why” chorus. ” in their piece.

The Shape Of You co-writers launched a legal action in May 2018, asking the High Court to declare that they had not infringed the copyrights of Chokri and Mr O’Donoghue.

In July 2018, Chokri and Mr. O’Donoghue filed their own lawsuit alleging “copyright infringement, damages and reporting of profits related to the alleged infringement”.

During an 11-day trial in London last month, Sheeran denied ‘borrowing’ ideas from unknown songwriters without acknowledgment and insisted he ‘always tried to be completely fair’ by crediting the people who contribute to his albums.

The singer told the court he was trying to ‘clear my name’ and denied using litigation to ‘bully’ Chokri and Mr O’Donoghue into dropping the copyright dispute.

In Wednesday’s ruling, Judge Zacaroli found that Mr Sheeran had “neither deliberately nor unknowingly” copied a line from Oh Why when writing Shape of You.

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This notice was published: 2022-04-06 09:06:10

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