Ed Sheeran and writers awarded nearly £1,000,000 after copyright case

6/21/2022 10:13:00 PM

The singer previously said these claims are 'really damaging to the songwriting industry'.

Ed Sheeran and his co-songwriters have been awarded over £900,000 in legal costs after winning their High Court copyright trial over the hit Shape Of You earlier this year.

The singer previously said these claims are 'really damaging to the songwriting industry'.

However, Mr Justice Zacaroli concluded Mr Sheeran ‘neither deliberately nor subconsciously’ copied a phrase in the song.Mr Sheeran, his co-authors and their music companies originally launched legal proceedings in May 2018, asking the High Court to declare they had not infringed Mr Chokri and Mr O’Donoghue’s copyright.

Two months later, Mr Chokri – a grime artist who performs under the name Sami Switch – and Mr O’Donoghue issued their own claim for ‘copyright infringement, damages and an account of profits in relation to the alleged infringement.’The pair had alleged that an ‘Oh I’ hook in Shape Of You is ‘strikingly similar’ to an ‘Oh Why’ refrain in their own track.

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However, Mr Justice Zacaroli concluded Mr Sheeran ‘neither deliberately nor subconsciously’ copied a phrase in the song. Mr Sheeran, his co-authors and their music companies originally launched legal proceedings in May 2018, asking the High Court to declare they had not infringed Mr Chokri and Mr O’Donoghue’s copyright. The 30-year-old, who was delighted to be upgraded to executive seats, said he was often mistaken for the singer. Two months later, Mr Chokri – a grime artist who performs under the name Sami Switch – and Mr O’Donoghue issued their own claim for ‘copyright infringement, damages and an account of profits in relation to the alleged infringement. His song Bad Habits was also the most listened to track of 2021, although it came out halfway through the year in June (Picture: Warner Music) The singer enjoyed similar success in 2017 with his album Divide and hit single Shape Of You (Picture: PA) The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights was the fourth most played track, demonstrating staying power having originally been released in November 2019.’ The pair had alleged that an ‘Oh I’ hook in Shape Of You is ‘strikingly similar’ to an ‘Oh Why’ refrain in their own track. "Once the first person asked for a selfie that was it, people were blocking the stairs and security said it was a fire risk. Ed Sheeran said ‘baseless’ claims are harmful, and he now records all his songwriting sessions (Picture: PA) But in his previous judgment, Mr Justice Zacaroli concluded ‘Mr Sheeran had not heard Oh Why and in any event that he did not deliberately copy the Oh I phrase from the Oh Why hook.

’ He dismissed the counterclaim and granted a declaration to Mr Sheeran and his fellow songwriters that they had not infringed the copyright in Oh Why. "Most people knew I was a lookalike, but they just wanted a picture with me, although I do think a few kids thought I was the real Ed, but I wasn't going to ruin it for them. Little Mix, who recently went on hiatus, claimed fourth place after consistently appearing in the top 10 for the past five years. Following the ruling, lawyers for Mr Chokri and Mr O’Donoghue had said that Mr Sheeran and the other claimants should pay their own legal costs, claiming they had failed to provide documents and demonstrated ‘awkwardness and opacity.’ However, in a ruling on Tuesday, Mr Justice Zacaroli said that the lesser-known songwriters should pay the legal costs, ordering an interim payment of £916,200. When Sheeran was first breaking into the music scene, Wes said he once had to show his passport to a convince a drunk music fan on a night out he was not him. A further hearing is expected to assess and finalise the sums. ‘His chart-topping success over the last five years is a testament to not only the quality of his output but also the strength of UK music at a time when the global music landscape is more competitive than ever. Sami Chokri released Oh Why in 2015 (Picture: Tayfun Salci/ZUMA Press Wire/REX/Shutterstock) Ross O’Donoghue also claimed the song infringes parts of one of their songs (Picture: PA) ‘I consider it is appropriate that the claimants’ success is reflected in an order that their costs are paid by the defendants, without reduction save for that which is made as part of the process of detailed assessment,’ Mr Justice Zacaroli said. After being stopped "almost every day" for selfies in 2018, he was approached by a lookalike agency and gained work as a Sheeran double in a 2019 Heinz advert.

The judge dismissed arguments that the defendants would have changed their approach to the case if some documents and explanations about how Shape Of You was written had been provided earlier. Mr Justice Zacaroli said: ‘None of the disclosure or explanations, once provided to the defendants, caused them to alter their approach at all. "I got to meet him too which was brilliant. ‘Both the performers on a recording and the recording rightsholders benefit from these royalties, providing an important revenue stream for many in the music industry, from household names to those just starting out. ‘Instead, they not only maintained their attack on Mr Sheeran but broadened it by asserting that he was a “magpie” who habitually misappropriated song ideas from other writers.’ During the 11-day trial in central London, Mr Sheeran – who said the trial had a great impact on his mental health – denied he ‘borrows’ ideas from unknown songwriters without acknowledgement and insisted he ‘always tried to be completely fair’ in crediting people who contribute to his albums. "As long as he is famous and people are asking me for selfies I'll just go along with it. In a video message after the ruling in April, Mr Sheeran said: ‘Claims like this are way too common now and have become a culture where a claim is made with the idea that a settlement will be cheaper than taking it to court, even if there is no basis for the claim, and it’s really damaging to the songwriting industry. By Your Side – Calvin Harris featuring Tom Grennan 3.

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