Apr 6, 2022

Ed Sheeran Wins High Court Battle

Ed Sheeran has won a High Court copyright battle against Sami Chokri and Ross O’Donoghue over Sheeran’s hit 2017 song “Shape of You”.

Last month we reported on the battle between the song writers over alleged infringement of the repetitive phrase “Oh Why” in Chokri’s song and “Oh I” in Sheeran’s Shape of you song. Sheeran argued the melody is commonplace in the music industry.

The High Court judge ruled no plagiarism has taken place, neither deliberately nor subconsciously. Sheeran has since commented such baseless claims are “way too common”. Further adding that such baseless claims are damaging for the song writing industry.

The effect the litigation has had on the parties has been immense and not just financially. Legal representation for Sheeran said the case had been “deeply traumatising” for the star and Chokri branded the experience the worst few weeks of his life.

Having been subject to his fair share of copyright claims, it’s no doubt Sheeran will be hopeful the verdict will deter future litigants.

If you have any questions on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the team at McDaniels Law on 0191 281 4000 or legal@mcdanielslaw.com.

in: Case Law, Copyright

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