Verdict in a Copyright Court Battle Over Ed Sheeran’s Hit Song ‘Shape of You’ Still Pending

This Tuesday, an 11-day court trial over the copyright of the hit song “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran was concluded in London. The judge said that he needs some time to consider his ruling.

The popular British singer and his producer Steven McCutcheon and co-writer John McDaid have denied all accusations of copying the parts of a 2015 track called “Oh Why” by Sami Chokri. 

Andrew Sutcliffe, the lawyer representing the “Oh Why” co-writers said in his argument that there is an indisputable similarity between the two songs. He also suggested that the chances of two correlated works appearing within months of each other were small.

Ed Sheeran was accused of copying the “Shape of You” song from “Oh Why” by Sami Chokri in 2016.

The lawyer went on to claim that Sheeran had the song “Oh Why” in his mind when writing “Shape of You” in 2016. However, he did mention that it could have happened consciously or unconsciously. 

He also alleged that the British pop star, which was present during the hearing, was evasive and dishonest in providing evidence to the trial.

Sheeran along with his co-writers and producer have continuously denied copying Sami Chokri’s song. They said that they have provided material to the trial and did not listen to “Oh Why” before the court case.

Justice Antony Zacaroli who is judging this copyright dispute has said that he needs some time to deliver his judgment. He said that he will deliver his ruling as soon as he can.

“Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran was released back in 2016, and it turned out to be one of the biggest hits of those times. The song was popular not just in the UK, but in other parts of the world as well.

For Ed Sheeran, this is not the first copyright infringement case he is dealing with. Back in 2016, songwriters Tom Leonard, and Martin Harrington accused Sheeran of copying their song. According to them, the 2015 hit “Photograph” has a similar tempo, structure, and pitch to their song “Amazing.” 

Leonard’s and Harrington’s song was released as a single in the winter of 2010 season of “The X Factor.”

Leonard and Harrington said that the chorus section of ‘Amazing’ shares 39 identical notes with Sheeran’s ‘Photograph.’

The songwriters sought $20 million in damages, while the case was concluded in April 2017.

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