Jamal Edwards ‘didn’t see a resemblance between Sheeran’s song and another’

Jamal Edwards doesn’t remember thinking there was a resemblance between an Ed Sheeran song at the center of the Supreme Court’s copyright claim and a song by another artist, the late musical entrepreneur for known in court documents.

He is the founder of SBTV which rose to fame after founding the music platform in 2006 and is credited with helping to launch a host of UK musical acts to stardom, including Dave, Jessie J. and Mr Sheeran.

Mr Edwards passed away last month after a sudden illness that led to the dedication of the British music industry and beyond – including the Prince of Wales, Sir Richard Branson and former prime minister David Cameron .

Mr Sheeran is embroiled in a lawsuit with two musicians, Sami Chokri and Ross O’Donoghue, who allege his 2017 hit Shape Of You cut off parts of his 2015 song Oh Why – something he and two of his co-writers denied.


Ed Sheeran gives evidence at the Supreme Court (Joshua Bratt/PA)

Before the trial began last week, Mr Edwards prepared a witness statement in support of his “very good friend”, Mr. Sheeran.

In the statement signed on September 27 last year, Mr Edwards said he knew both Mr Sheeran and Mr Chokri but did not know about the court case or he was mentioned in it until giving his personal testimony. his testimony.

According to Mr Chokri and Mr O’Donoghue, Mr Edwards commented a “tricky eyes” emoji on one of Mr Chokri’s Facebook posts shortly after the release of Shape Of You.

However, his written evidence Mr. Edwards refuted this.

He said: “I have no recollection of posting or removing the ‘tricky eyes’ emoji on Sami’s Facebook page, as he said I did.”

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Mr Edwards continued: “This, that is, the parallels between the ‘Oh Why / Oh I’ chorus, is not a perspective I remember ever having, actually I don’t remember ever hearing ‘Oh Why’, and therefore do not believe this is a view that I have taken. “

Mr Chokri and Mr O’Donoghue’s lawyers argued in writing that it was “very likely” Mr Edwards heard Oh Why.


Sami Chokri sued Ed Sheeran (Joshua Bratt/PA)

They also argued that Mr Edwards’ posting of the “tricky eyes” emoji as Mr Chokri claimed was “obvious”, arguing that “limited weight” should be given to the businessman’s proof. .

In court on Monday, Sheeran said Mr Edwards, whom he called his “close friends”, had not shared music with him in 2015 and 2016, explaining that he had only done so recently.

Andrew Sutcliffe QC, for Mr Chokri and Mr O’Donoghue, previously said the argument was “not credible”.

In his statement, Mr Edwards said it was only “in the last few years” that he shared any music with Sheeran.

Mr Edwards later said it was “very strange” that he was not informed of the Supreme Court complaint.


Jamal Edwards helped launch the careers of several musicians (Nicholas.T.Ansell/PA)

He said: “Neither Sami nor anyone else acting on his behalf has ever spoken to me about the claim, even before using my name to suggest that I think Ed did something. ‘suspicious or nefarious’.

“I think Sami didn’t call me about it because he knew it was ridiculous. Either way, I was surprised by the whole situation.”

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”.

The trial before Mr Justice Zacaroli continues, with the sentence expected to be reserved until a later date.

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