Los Angeles: A four-year legal battle between British musician Ed Sheeran and songwriters Sami Chokri and Ross O’Donoghue has ended with charges of plagiarism against Sheeran for their chartbuster “Shape of You”, with a court ruling in Sheeran’s favor. Judgment has been given. Report ‘Diversity’.
The UK High Court ruled on Wednesday that Sheeran did not plagiarize Sami Chokri’s 2015 song “Oh Why”. In his ruling, Judge Antony Zacaroli said Sheeran “neither knowingly nor subconsciously copied” Chokri’s work, according to ‘Variety’.
He said there were “similarities between the one-time phrase” in ‘Shape of You’ and ‘Oh Why’, adding that “such similarities are only a starting point for potential infringement of copyright”.
After studying both songs, Zakaroli came to the conclusion that there were “differences between the relevant parts” of the lyrics, which “provide compelling evidence that the phrase ‘Oh I’ in the ‘Shape of You’,” originated from other sources. “‘Oh why.'”
Sheeran is credited as the author of ‘Shape of You’ along with Snow Patrol singer Johnny McDaid and producer Steven McCutcheon, known professionally as Steve Mack. In 2018 Sheeran, McDaid and McCutcheon, along with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Rockstone Music Ltd., Polar Patrol Music and Cobalt Music, issued legal proceedings against Chokri and O’Donoghue to obtain a legal declaration that there was no copyright infringement. Was.
According to media reports, two months later, Chokri and O’Donoghue issued a counterclaim alleging copyright infringement and sought an accounting of losses and profits.