Ed Sheeran and two of his songwriting partners, Steven McCutcheon and Snow Patrol‘s John McDaid, have been awarded £900,000 in legal costs following a High Court copyright win.
The three artists – who worked together on Sheeran’s 2017 single ‘Shape Of You’ – had been accused of lifting from a song, ‘Oh Why’, by musicians Sami Chokri (aka Sami Switch) and Ross O’Donoghue. The pair claimed Sheeran’s song featured “particular lines and phrases”Similar to their song, call him “a magpie”.
McDaid, McCutcheon & Sheeran denied allegations of plagiarism. The former stated in his testimony on March 7,: “I have always tried to be completely fair in crediting anyone who makes any contribution to any song I write.”McDaid in his testimony called the idea plagiarism “abhorrent”.
On April 6, justice in the case ruled for Sheeran. He was deemed to be the victim. “neither deliberately nor subconsciously”Copied a phrase taken from ‘Oh Why’When writing ‘Shape Of You’.
Yesterday (June 21), Justice Zacaroli awarded Sheeran and his co-writers £916,200. According to the BBC, Chokri and O’Donoghue had previously argued the three men should cover their own legal costs.
Zacaroli however stated: “I consider it is appropriate that the claimants’ success is reflected in an order that their costs are paid by the defendants, without reduction save for that which is made as part of the process of detailed assessment.”Another hearing is scheduled to evaluate and determine the final amounts.
In 2017, Sheeran settled a £15million copyright case over his single ‘Photograph’. Sheeran stated that he has been filming since that time. “every single writing session”To prevent any future copyright lawsuits. “We’ve had claims come through on songs and we go, ‘Well here’s the footage and you watch, and you’ll see that there’s nothing there, Sheeran told BBC2’s NewsnightBack in April
Taken from Sheeran’s third studio album, ‘÷’, ‘Shape Of You’Spotify’s first song to reach three million streams was the winner, an achievement that the musician called “insane”.