Two artists felt that Shape of you, one of the best-selling titles in the world, was inspired by their creation.
British pop star Ed Sheeran obtained on Tuesday June 21 the payment of more than one million euros in damages to cover his legal costs in the legal battle won against songwriters who accused him of plagiarism. In early April, the 31-year-old singer won his case before the High Court in London, after a lawsuit he considered emblematic of abusive practices that undermine the music industry.
For justice, he did not copy, nor “deliberately”, neither “unconsciously”part of the melody of the song oh why (2015) by Sami Chokri and Ross O’Donoghue for his planetary hit Shape of You, one of the best-selling titles in the world and listened to billions of times. The singer said he was traumatized by these accusations of plagiarism during the trial in March.
Ed Sheeran accused of being ‘a magpie’
In a supplementary judgment on Tuesday, Judge Antony Zacaroli ruled that the unsuccessful plaintiffs should pay court costs of 916,200 pounds sterling (about 1 million euros). During the trial, which lasted ten days in March, the two titles were broadcast – as well as, by mistake, an extract from one of his unreleased songs.
Ed Sheeran then denied “to borrow” ideas of little-known composers, while the lawyer for the plaintiffs, while acknowledging his “genius”accused him of being “a magpie”in reference to the bird which is sometimes accused of being a thief.