After a ‘painful’ court case, Ed Sheeran criticizes what he described as ‘destructive’ copyright claim culture and declares that he is a ‘human being,’ not a ‘business,’ as a judge determines that his song Shape of You was NOT a copy of a grime artist’s track.
After winning his High Court fight against a grime musician over his song Shape of You, Ed Sheeran has lambasted the ‘harmful’ copyright claim culture that is sweeping through the music industry.
The pop star slammed “baseless charges” made against singer-songwriters, claiming that “settling is cheaper than going to court.” ‘There are only so many quotes and chords used in pop music,’ the 31-year-old explained, adding that ‘coincidences are sure to happen.’
Sheeran also talked about the “pain and hurt” he went through in his court battle, which he won, after being sued by a grime artist and a producer.
‘I’m not an entity, I’m not a corporation, I’m a human person, I’m a parent, I’m a spouse, I’m a son,’ he said, adding that he was ‘satisfied with the result.’
Sami Switch and Ross O’Donoghue claimed that the pop star plagiarized their 2015 song Oh Why with his 2017 single Shape of You.
Mr. Justice Zacaroli ruled on Wednesday that Sheeran did not ‘intentionally or unconsciously’ copy a phrase.
‘While the OW Hook (Oh Why) and the OI Phrase (Shape of You) have some similarities, they also have some big distinctions,’ he explained. I’m confident that Mr. Sheeran did not inadvertently plagiarize Oh Why when he wrote Shape.
After losing the lawsuit, experts anticipate that the rapper would have to pay ‘hundreds of thousands of pounds, if not over a million pounds,’ while, Sheeran is anticipated to be able to reclaim £2.2 million in royalties that were blocked due to the legal battle.
The singer and his co-writers, Snow Patrol’s John McDaid and producer Steven McCutcheon, were accused of plagiarizing Chokri and O’Donoghue’s song Oh Why during their trial last month.