Singer-songwriter John McDaid has described the idea of plagiarism as “abhorrent” in a Supreme Court dispute over the copyright of a song he wrote with Ed Sheeran.
band member Snow Patrol said he “wholeheartedly” disagreed with the apparent implication he was “a frequent infringer of others’ copyrights” in a written witness statement to a hearing. The court focused on creating the 2017 hit Shape Of You.
Mr McDaid claims to have suggested the word “your shape” for the track because he is “sensitive to repulsion” and doesn’t care for the phrase “love your body” – the last words in the song. lyrics.
Shape Of You co-writers – Mr McDaid, Mr Sheeran and producer Steven McCutcheon – are all involved in litigation with two musicians, Sami Chokri and Ross O’Donoghue, who allege it ripped off parts of the song Oh Why – something their 2015 they denied.
Mr McDaid, godfather of Mr Sheeran’s daughter, began giving evidence during a trial at the High Court in central London on Wednesday.
In his written evidence, he recalls creating Shape Of You at Mr McCutcheon’s studio – known as Steve Mac – in October 2016 as a “quick, frantic process” with all three co-author “propose ideas for melody and lyrics”.
“The word ‘your shape’ comes from me,” he said, adding: “It’s a phrase used in Derry, where I come from. I’m sensitive to objectivity and I’m not interested in ‘loving your body’, so I suggest ‘your shape’ which is more abstract, although both appear in the song in perfect form. correction. “
Mr McDaid said work on the song was completed in “a few hours or so”, noting Mr Sheeran was “the fastest and most prolific song writer I’ve ever worked with”.
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The court was previously told that the original reference to the song TLC No Scrubs in Shape Of You was changed during the creation of the use, we still had to give the rights holders in the end No Scrubs a percentage of Shape Of You”.
In his written statement, Mr McDaid said he was “not aware of the specifics of the change or clearance”.
Previously, the court also heard that Mr. Sheeran and Mr. McDaid settled a copyright claim in the US in 2017 against their song Photograph for more than five million dollars.
They allegedly copied a song called Amazing, co-written by Tom Leonard and Martin Harrington, which was released in 2012 by former X Factor winner Matt Cardle.
Mr. McDaid said in his written evidence that Mr. Chokri and Mr. O’Donoghue are attempting to allege that the TLC and Photo suit “show that I have a habit of consciously or consciously appropriating skill and effort of other songwriters during my writing and recording sessions”.
He continued: “This seems to imply that I did so without asking permission and therefore I frequently infringe on the copyrights of others.
“I completely disagree with this implication. It is simply not true and I feel it is a very serious thing to suggest about me and the way I work”.
Mr McDaid added: “I don’t need or want, nor will I ever, plagiarize other people’s work. The idea is disgusting to me.”
In court on Wednesday, during the questioning of Mr Chokri and Mr O’Donoghue’s attorney Andrew Sutcliffe QC, Mr McDaid insisted he paid only a “proportion” of the US$5.4 million ($4 million) pounds) was paid in the settlement – an amount he claimed first heard of “this week”.
He said the settlement was reached after legal advice, noting that at the time the “culture” brought before US grand jury trials “didn’t really benefit the musicians.” a little bit.”
He noted in his written evidence that “we settled the case for commercial reasons”, including “the cost and time involved in fighting the case, along with damages to reputation has been made by a PR campaign being carried out by another”.
“Things are still unresolved because we believe we copied Amazing in any way,” he said.
Mr Chokri, a grumpy performer who performs under the name Sami Switch, and Mr O’Donoghue, assert that the central verse “Oh I” in Shape Of You is “very similar” to the chorus “Oh Why” in their own creations.
Mr McDaid said in his written evidence that he did not recall ever hearing Oh Why “in any way” nor knowing about the Sami Switch prior to the legal dispute.
He said he didn’t create the phrase “Oh I” in Shape of You and can’t remember when it was created.
The court heard that Mr McDaid and Mr Sheeran were “very close”, had similar tattoos and wrote “hundreds” of songs together.
Legal proceedings were initiated by Mr Sheeran and his co-authors in May 2018, with them asking the Supreme Court to declare that they did not infringe Mr Chokri and Mr O’Donoghue’s copyrights. .
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”.
Justice Zacaroli’s trial continues.
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