Ed Sheeran’s hit “Shape Of You” is at the center of a copyright battle in the High Court.
Heeran is embroiled in a legal battle with two songwriters who claim the 2017 hit rips off parts of their song Oh Why, and a three-week trial is set to begin in London on Friday.
Sami Chokri and Ross O’Donoghue claim that Shape Of You violates “certain lines and phrases” of their composition.
Sheeran and his co-writers of the song started court proceedings in May 2018, asking the High Court to declare that they had not infringed Mr Chokri and Mr O’Donoghue’s copyright.
Two months later, in July 2018, Mr. Chokri and Mr. O’Donoghue filed their own lawsuit alleging “copyright infringement, damages and profit settlement in relation to the alleged infringement,” according to the latest ruling.
Shape Of You was a worldwide hit, becoming the best-selling song of 2017 in the UK and the most-streamed song in Spotify history.
In a November 2020 ruling, Judge Francesca Kaye said the parties to the case “expected to incur costs in the order of £3million” in this dispute.
The case is scheduled to be heard on Friday from 10:30 a.m. and is expected to last up to three weeks.
Sheeran may be called to testify, but it’s unknown if or when he will appear in court.
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