Ed Sheeran has denied he “borrowed” ideas from unnamed musicians, without admitting, during a Supreme Court hearing over the copyright of the hit song Shape Of You.
His singer began giving live evidence on Monday as part of his legal battle with two songwriters, Sami Chokri and Ross O’Donoghue, who allege the 2017 song by his Mr Sheeran cut parts of the song Oh Why – which he denies.
On Friday, at the start of what is expected to be a three-week trial, Andrew Sutcliffe QC, for Mr Chokri and Mr O’Donoghue, claimed that Sheeran “borrowed ideas and put them in articles his singing, sometimes he’ll admit it but sometimes he won’t”.
The lawyer also alleges that Mr Sheeran’s admission depends on the popularity of the other artist, adding that Mr Chokri and Mr O’Donoghue “are not Shaggy, Coldplay, Rihanna or Jay-Z, if they were.” is the other way”.
At the start of his evidence on Monday, Ian Mill QC, representing Mr Sheeran, asked: “Do you accept that you behaved or behaved that way?”
Mr Sheeran said “no”, before adding: “The examples he is using are clearly famous artists, two of whom are people I have done songs with.”
He continued that “if Mr Sutcliffe had done his research”, he would have known there were “lots” of unknown artists with whom he had deleted parts of the song with him.
Ed Sheeran appeared in the witness box in a dark suit with a dark tie.
Mr Sheeran also gave several examples of times when he had erased aspects of songs with unknown artists, including sampling part of a song on the TV show Buffy The Vampire Slayer. from an “unknown composer”.
“All those examples were not famous artists we removed the song and that’s what I have to say about that,” he said.
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Mr Sheeran later denied that he was aware of Mr Chokri, a cranky performer who performed under the stage name Sami Switch, earlier in his career.
Under Mr. Sutcliffe’s cross-check, Mr. Sheeran assumed that he must have known Mr. Chokri because they appeared on the YouTube channel SBTV at the same time, they shared friends, Mr. Chokri sent him messages on Twitter and Mr. Sheeran is said to have shouted his name during a performance.
“This is all you are saying, this is not true,” Mr. Sheeran said.
Mr. Sutcliffe asked him: “Are you saying that you certainly don’t know about him, rather that you forget that you know about him?”
“Yes,” said Mr. Sheeran.
He previously told the court it was “very unlikely” when he was asked to shout Sami Switch’s name at a performance, explaining that he didn’t “scream on stage” because he would ” feel bad” if he forgets.
Mr Sheeran said he received “hundreds of thousands of tweets”, but he did not “look through”.
He was also asked about videos uploaded by late SBTV founder Jamal Edwards and tweets Mr. Edwards posted that mentioned Sami Switch.
Mr Sheeran told the court Mr Edwards “has championed many and many artists” and “it’s not like I’ve seen every single video he uploads”.
He also said: “I’ve been following him on Twitter, doesn’t mean I’ve read everything he writes.”
Mr Chokri and Mr O’Donoghue allege that Shape Of You violated “specific lines and phrases” in their song, which was released in 2015.
They say the central verse “Oh I” in Shape Of You is “astonishingly similar” to the chorus “Oh Why” in their own composition.
But Sheeran’s lawyers told the Supreme Court that the singer and his co-writers, Steven McCutcheon and John McDaid, have no recollection of hearing Oh Why before the legal fight and denial. allegation of copying.
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 continued.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/this-isnt-stuff-thats-true-ed-sheeran-appears-in-court-over-copyright-of-hit-song-shape-of-you-41419665.html ‘This is not true’ – Ed Sheeran to stand trial for copyright of hit song ‘Shape of You’