Ed Sheeran Wins Over' Shape of You' Copyright Dispute

Ed Sheeran Wins Over' Shape of You' Copyright Dispute

Ed Sheeran, a British artist, has prevailed in a copyright battle involving his hit tune "Shape of You."

Following its debut, "Shape of You" became an instant smash, and in 2021, it became the first Spotify music to reach three billion stream impressions.

The singer has been sued for alleged copyright violations before. A lawsuit against him for his track "Photograph" was filed in 2016, while a lawsuit against him for his song "Thinking Out Loud" was filed shortly afterward for $100 million.

On Wednesday, the High Court of the United Kingdom concluded that Sheeran had not plagiarized the 2015 song "Oh Why" by Sami Chokri.

Chokri is a grime artist who is better recognized by his stage name, Sami Switch, than by his given name. O'Donoghue is a film and television producer. In their opinion, "Shape of You" is comparable in style and content to Chakri's single "Oh Why."

Chokri and O'Donoghue filed a counterclaim, alleging copyright infringement and requesting damages as well as an accounting of earnings, two months after filing their original claim.

The judge stated in his judgment that Sheeran had "neither purposefully nor unconsciously duplicated" Chokri's work and that this was the case both intentionally and subconsciously. He went on to declare that there were "parallels between the one-bar phrase" in "Shape of You" and "Oh Why."

And that "such similarities are simply a starting point for a probable infringement" of copyright on the part of the artists.

Zacaroli addressed the defense's assertion that Sheeran had listened to "Oh Why" before composing "Shape of You," saying he had not heard it. He went on to say that the defense's allegation had only a speculative base.

The verdict is the culmination of a four-year legal battle between Sheeran and songwriters Chokri and Ross O'Donoghue, which included an 11-day trial in London in March.

Following a four-year legal struggle between Sheeran and songwriters Chokri and Ross O'Donoghue, which culminated in an 11-day trial in London last March, the judgment was finally reached where Ed Sheeren won.

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