British musician Ed Sheeran did not plagiarize when composing in 2017 shape of you, one of the most famous and listened to songs of recent years. This is how the High Court in London ruled today, Wednesday, in a lawsuit in which artists Sami Chokri, known as Sami Switch, and producer Ross O’Donoghue accused Sheeran of copying one of the catchiest and most hummed elements of shape of you of a theme they had made in 2015, Oh why.
“Although there are similarities between the ‘Oh why’ [de la canción de Chokri] and the “Oh I” [de Shape of You], there are also important differences, ”says Judge Antony Zacaroli in his judgment, which closes a four-year legal battle and an 11-day trial. “It seems to me that complaints like this have become all too common and that a culture is being created where an accusation is made with the idea that reaching an agreement will be cheaper than going to court, even if the The accusation has no basis,” Sheeran said. assured in a video posted on his Twitter profile.
shape of you It became the most successful song of 2017 digitally and got over 5.6 billion views on YouTube. It remains the most-streamed song so far in Spotify’s history, with over 3,000 million plays. Sheeran is the song’s creator along with musician Johnny McDaid and producer Steven McCutcheon. In 2018, the three began legal proceedings—supported among others by record company Sony/ATV Music Publishing—against Chokri and O’Donoghue in an attempt to obtain an official statement establishing that there had been no violation. of copyright, as pointed out by the specialist journals Variety. Two months later, the two artists retaliated with a lawsuit precisely for alleged violations of the Copyrightin which they demanded that a portion of the profits from the song be returned to them and that they be compensated for the damage caused.
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During the trial, Chokri and O’Donoghue’s attorney, Andrew Sutcliffe, testified that Sheeran devotes himself to altering other artists’ melodies and lyrics and then attributes them as if they were new creations: “He borrows ideas and puts them into his songs. Sometimes he acknowledges it, but other times he doesn’t. “I’ve always tried to be completely fair when giving credit to anyone who has contributed to the one of my songs. I generally refer to other works when composing, as do other authors. And if there is such a reference, I always notify my team so that they obtain the corresponding transfer or license,” Sheeran assured during the opening hearing of the trial.
In 2016, Sheeran already faced another legal battle over alleged plagiarism, over her Photography: L.Songwriters Thomas Leonard and Martin Harrington got $5 million and 35% of the song’s gross, which looked a lot like Surprising that the two artists had written for Matt Cardle to star in the American game show X factor. In 2018, another lawsuit asked him for $100 million for allegedly copying Thinking out loud: the case, according to Variety, always open.