Ed Sheeran Wins Legal Battle Over ‘Shape of You’

Ed Sheeran has won again. This time in the High Court, as a judge ruled in his favour in the copyright claim against his 2017 record-selling song, ‘Shape of You’.

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Ed Sheeran has won again. This time in the High Court, as a judge ruled in his favour in the copyright claim against his 2017 record-selling song, ‘Shape of You’.


A singer known as Sami Chokri accused Sheeran of plagiarising ‘Shape of You’ from Chokri’s 2015 track, ‘Oh Why’. Chorki, who performs under the name Sami Switch, alleged ‘Shape of You’ uses the “Oh I” hook and that the songs sound “strikingly similar”. 

Sheeran said he did not remember ever hearing the song ‘Oh Why’ until the legal case was levelled at him. 

‘Shape of You’ is Spotify’s most streamed song ever. It has now been streamed over 3 billion times. It was the best selling song in the UK in 2017 and continues to rake in money.

Despite this, Chokri’s legal case meant that royalties on the song were suspended in 2019. The song alone is said to have generated over £20 million in revenue.


The judge presiding over the case, Antony Zacaroli, ruled that Sheeran had “neither deliberately nor subconsciously copied” Chokri’s song. He acknowledged there were “similarities between the one-bar phrase” constituting the hook in the two songs, but said “such similarities are only a starting point for a possible infringement” in copyright cases such as this.

Zacaroli ruled there were sufficient “differences between the relevant parts” of the songs, provid[ing] compelling evidence that the ‘Oh I’ phrase” in Sheeran’s song “originated from sources other than ‘Oh Why’”.

Zacaroli’s decision came after an 11 day trial last month.


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