Yesterday (21 June), Judge Zacaroli awarded Sheeran and his co-authors £916,200. As the BBC reported, Chokri and O`Donoghue had previously argued that the three men should pay their own legal fees. Instead, they not only maintained their attack on Mr. Sheeran, but expanded it by claiming he was a “magpie” who usually abused other writers` song ideas. After the verdict, Chokri and Oaoghue`s lawyers said Sheeran and the other plaintiffs should pay their own legal fees, saying they failed to produce documents and were “clumsy and opaque.” However, in a ruling on Tuesday, Zacaroli said lesser-known songwriters would have to bear the legal costs, ordering a provisional payment of £916,200. The award comes 11 weeks after a High Court ruled in Sheeran`s favor in the case over his song “Shape Of You.” However, Judge Zacaroli found that Sheeran had “neither intentionally nor unknowingly” copied a phrase from the song. At a trial in March, singer and co-writers John McDaid of Snow Patrol and producer Steven McCutcheon were accused that their song ripped off a 2015 song by Sami Chokri and Ross OâDonoghue. Lesser-known songwriters ordered to pay legal fees after court dismisses allegations Shape of You ripped off his song In a video message following the decision in April, Sheeran said: “Claims like this are now far too common and have become a culture of filing a complaint with the idea that a settlement will be cheaper. than to bring them to justice. Even if there is no basis for this claim, and it is really harmful to the song industry. Ed Sheeran and his co-songwriters have awarded more than £900,000 in legal fees after winning their High Court copyright case on the hit Shape of You earlier this year.
Ed Sheeran and two of his songwriting partners, Steven McCutcheon and John McDaid of Snow Patrol, have been awarded £900,000 in legal fees after a copyright victory in the High Court. Two months after winning his plagiarism lawsuit on the hit song “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran received more than $1 million in legal fees. During the 11-day trial in central London, Sheeran denied “borrowing” ideas from unknown songwriters without recognition, insisting he was “always trying to be completely fair” in counting the people who contributed to his albums. But on Tuesday, a judge ended pressure from Chokri and O`Donoghue to make Sheeran and his team pay for their own legal fees, arguing they had failed to provide documents and “demonstrated clumsiness and opacity,” according to the BBC. From Sheeran`s third studio album “Ã·”, “Shape Of You” became the first song to reach three billion streams on Spotify, a feat the musician described as “crazy”. Since winning the case, Sheeran — who announced last month that he was hosting his second daughter with his wife, Cherry Seaborn — has spoken out about similar issues and lawsuits that he says are “really harmful” to the music industry. Sheeran, McCutcheon and McDaid have denied the plagiarism allegations, with the former appearing in his testimony on May 7. März said, “I`ve always tried to be completely fair when it comes to honoring everyone who contributes to a song I write.” McDaid called the idea of plagiarism “abhorrent” in his testimony. “I think claims like this are now far too common and have become a culture where a claim is made with the idea that a settlement is less costly than taking it to court, even if there is no basis for a claim,” he said in a video statement shared on Instagram in April. “It`s really harmful to the music industry.
There are only a limited number of notes and very few chords used in pop music. The coincidence will happen when 60,000 songs are released on Spotify every day. In 2017, Sheeran settled a £15 million copyright case over his single “Photograph”. Since that case, Sheeran said he now films “every writing session” to avoid future copyright cases. “We had claims on the songs and we said, `Well, here`s the pictures and you look, and you`re going to see there`s nothing there,`” Sheeran told BBC2`s Newsnight in April. He dismissed the counterclaim and gave Sheeran and his fellow songwriters a statement that they had not infringed the copyright on Oh Why. The singer-songwriter launched a lawsuit against Sami Chokri, who performs under the names Sami Switch and Ross O`Donoghue in 2018, after the couple claimed Sheeran plagiarized their song “Oh Why.” Sheeran and his two co-writers, Steve McCutcheon and Johnny McDaid, have been embroiled for years in a legal battle with Sami Chokri and Ross O`Donoghue, a songwriting couple who claimed the 2017 mega-hit snatched their track “Oh Why.” Sheeran, his co-writers, and their music companies initially filed a lawsuit in May 2018, asking the Supreme Court to declare that they had not infringed Chokri and OâDonoghue`s copyrights. The three artists who collaborated on Sheeran`s 2017 single “Shape Of You” were accused by musicians Sami Chokri (aka Sami Switch) and Ross O`Donoghue of removing a song, “Oh Why.” The couple claimed that Sheeran`s song contained “certain lines and phrases” similar to their own song, calling it “a magpie.” Two months later, Chokri “a grime artist performing under the name Sami Switch” and OâDonoghue filed their own lawsuit for “copyright infringement, damages and a declaration of profit in connection with the alleged infringement.” Judge Zacaroli rejected the defendants` argument that they did not have to pay legal fees because of Sheeran`s conduct. That conduct involved the failure to communicate before the litigation and to disclose the relevant documents. Judge Anthony Zacaroli ruled that Sheeran`s conduct was not such as to deprive him of his right to reimbursement of litigation costs.
The verdict in the “Shape of You” trial fell in April 2022. The court ruled that Sheeran did not “intentionally or unknowingly” copy the hook of a lesser-known piece of grime when he created his 2017 hit. “I think it`s appropriate that the plaintiffs` success is reflected in an order that their costs are borne by the defendants, without reduction, except as part of the detailed assessment process,” Zacaroli said. The win came after an 11-day test in March, during which the Grammy winner revealed he often collaborated with lesser-known artists, adding the team behind TLC`s “No Scrubs” to the author`s credits for “Shape of You” after its release. The judge rejected arguments that the defendants would have changed their approach to the case if certain documents and explanations of how Shape of You was written had been provided earlier. Sheeran, 31, won his case in April when a judge ruled that he had “neither intentionally nor unknowingly” copied “Oh Why” by writing “Shape of You.” But in his earlier decision, Zacaroli concluded that “Mr. Sheeran hadn`t heard Oh Why and certainly hadn`t intentionally copied the phrase “oh me” from the “oh why.” Zacaroli said: “None of the disclosures or statements provided once to the defendants caused them to change their approach. Photo credit: `Shape of You` Official video clip “The defendants themselves, who positively alleged the violation, had not provided any information to support their assertion (which was a core part of their claim) that the plaintiffs had access to `Oh Why,`” he concludes.
A new hearing should make it possible to assess and finalize the amounts. Chokri and O`Donoghue also argued that Sheeran should have shared “vocal notes and other ambient recordings” from a 2016 writing session. In his decision, the judge wrote: “I do not accept that there was an obligation for the applicants to go that far, which would have required the kind of searches required for full disclosure.” The couple claimed that an “oh I” hook in Shape Of You was strikingly similar to an “oh why” chorus in their own track. On April 6, the judge ruled in Sheeran`s favor, saying he “neither intentionally nor unknowingly” copied a phrase from “Oh Why” when he wrote “Shape Of You.” He continued: “I don`t want to take anything away from the pain and injury suffered by both sides of this case, but I just want to say that I`m not an entity, I`m not a company. I am a man, I am a father, I am a husband, I am a son. Lawsuits are not a pleasant experience, and I hope this decision means that baseless claims like this can be avoided in the future. “Lawsuits are not a pleasant experience and I hope that with this judgment, baseless claims like this can be avoided in the future. He also reportedly sang Nina Simone`s “Feeling Good” and Blackstreet`s “No Diggity” to show that the melody he was accused of stealing is actually quite commonplace in pop music.