LONDON ( Associated Press) – Grammy Award-winning songwriter Ed Sheeran won a UK copyright battle on Wednesday over his 2017 hit “Shape of You,” then described it as a “culture” of baseless lawsuits aimed at curious artists. Had to squeeze money. To avoid the expense of a test.
The British pop star and his co-writer, Snow Patrol’s John McDaid and producer Steven McCutcheon, denied allegations that the song had copied part of the 2015 “Oh Why” by Sami Chokri, who performs under the name Sami Switch. .
“While we are clearly pleased with the outcome, it seems to me that such claims are now very common and have become a culture where claims are made with the idea that settlement will be cheaper than taking them to court, Even if there is no basis for the claim,” Sheerhan said in a video posted on Twitter. “This is really damaging to the songwriting industry.”
Andrew Sutcliffe, attorney for the co-authors of “Oh Why,” argued that there was “undeniable similarity between the works.” He claimed that “oh why” was in Sheeran’s head “consciously or unconsciously” when “Shape of You” was written in 2016.
The plaintiffs alleged that the “Oh I, Oh I, Oh I” in the chorus of “Shape of You” was “strikingly similar” to the line “Oh Why, Oh Why, Oh Why” in their track.
During an 11-day trial, Sheeran denied allegations that he “borrowed” from unnamed songwriters without any acknowledgment and said he has always been fair in crediting the people who contributed to his album.
In Wednesday’s ruling, High Court Judge Antony Zacaroli concluded that Sheeran “neither consciously nor subconsciously” copied a phrase from “Oh why” when writing his smash hit.
“Shape of You” was the best-selling song of all time in the UK in 2017.