Ed Sheeran ‘always tries to be completely fair’ in trusting people, trial

Ed Sheeran “always strives to be completely fair” in crediting contributors to his albums, the Supreme Court heard in a copyright hearing.

Sheeran is in a legal battle with two musicians, Sami Chokri and Ross O’Donoghue, who allege that his 2017 hit Shape Of You ripped off parts of his track Oh Why – which he he denied.

Shape Of You was a worldwide hit, becoming the best-selling song of 2017 in the UK and the most streamed song in Spotify’s history.


Sami Chokri leaves the Rolls Building (James Manning / PA)

The singer-songwriter began giving evidence Monday at the start of the second day of the trial, sitting in the witness area in a black suit and tie.

In rare cases, Sheeran will say or sing a few lines of a song to illustrate a point.

Speaking to the court, Sheeran described his writing process, denying having premeditated ideas.

The singer told the court: “When I hear a beat, I hear a song and a melody comes out.”

Then he said, “I write a lot of songs and if I don’t write anything within two hours, I consider it a failure.”

Explaining his songwriting process, he said in written evidence: “I usually write and record several songs in a day. I recently had a weeklong study session in which I wrote 25 songs. ”

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He added: “I think of them as kind of a ‘bottle of excitement’ – if a song is working, the excitement pushes it to the end; If not, then I’ll drop it and move on.”

Mr Sheeran later said he has “always tried to be completely fair in crediting anyone who has contributed to any song I write”, adding that he mentioned other works such as ” many musicians”.


Ross O’Donoghue (Kirsty O’Connor / PA)

“If another work is involved, I notify my team so steps can be taken to get clearance,” he continued.

“I have been as careful as possible and have even given credit to people who I believe may be more than a mere influence for a compositional element.”

Mr. Sheeran and his co-authors launched legal proceedings in May 2018, asking the Supreme Court to declare they did not infringe the copyrights of Mr. Chokri and Mr. O’Donoghue.

In July 2018, Mr Chokri and Mr O’Donoghue made their own claims for “copyright infringement, damage and profit accounts related to the alleged infringement”.

In written evidence, the Thinking Out Loud singer said before the legal action he did not know about Mr. Chokri or Mr. O’Donoghue, had not heard Oh Why or the EP it was featured on.


Ed Sheeran at the Rolls Building (Elizabeth Cook)

Mr Sheeran also said he did not remember meeting Chokri, although Mr Chokri insisted they met at a party at a Nando’s restaurant in central London.

The singer said in his written evidence: “I understand that Mr Chokri said that I met him and spoke to him in 2011 at Jamal Edwards’ launch party for SBTV at London Bridge.

“I remember that party. It was at a branch of Nando restaurant… I don’t remember meeting Mr. Chokri. ”

Discussing his use of technology, Sheeran later said he regularly bypasses email accounts to avoid being hacked and his music leaked.

Previous email addresses used by Sheeran include references to The Simpsons, with his old accounts covering everything including everythingscomingupmilhouse@fastmail.com and theblurstoftimes@fastmail.com.

Justice Zacaroli’s trial continues on Tuesday, with the sentence expected to be reserved until a later date.

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