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Sheeran madness: Ed slams copyright cowboys after ‘Shape of You’ ...

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Sheeran madness: Ed slams copyright cowboys after ‘Shape of You’ victory

Singer-songwriter wins case after being accused of passing other artists’ work off as his own

Michael Holden

British singer Ed Sheeran said baseless copyright claims are damaging the music industry after he won a case in the London high court on Wednesday regarding whether a refrain in his 2017 mega hit Shape Of You had been lifted from another artist.

Sheeran was involved in a legal battle with grime artist Sami Chokri, who performs as Sami Switch, and music producer Ross O’Donoghue, who argued the hook from Shape of You was copied from their 2015 song Oh Why.

“Whilst we’re obviously happy with the result, I feel like claims like this are way too common now and it’s become a culture where a claim is made with the idea that a settlement will be cheaper than taking them to court, even if there’s no basis for the claim,” Sheeran said in a video posted on Twitter...

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