Ed Sheeran wins copyright legal case
Ed Sheeran has been in the High Court after being accused of copyright theft, namely that his hit Shape of You took material from a song no one’s ever heard of called Oh Why by Sami Chokri and Ross O’Donoghue.
Now the judge has ruled in favour of Ed, saying he “neither deliberately nor subconsciously” copied the material. “While there are similarities between the OW (Oh Why) Hook and the OI (Oh I) Phrase, there are also significant differences,” the judge explained. “I am satisfied that Mr Sheeran did not subconsciously copy Oh Why in creating Shape.”
Ed’s released a statement on the damage it’s caused him. “There was a lot of talk throughout this case about cost. But there is more than just a financial cost… There is a cost on creativity. When we are tangled up in law suits, we are not making music or playing shows… There is a cost on our mental health. The stress this causes on all sides is immense. It affects so many aspects of our everyday lives and the lives of our families and friends. We are not corporations. We are not entities… We are human beings. We are songwriters. We do not want to diminish the hurt and pain anyone has suffered through this, and at the same time, we feel it is important to acknowledge that we too have had our own hurts and life struggles throughout the course of this process.”
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