Ed Sheeran faces legal trouble over 2017 hit song ‘Shape of You’
Washington: British singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran has found himself in legal trouble after a copyright lawsuit has been filed over his 2017 hit single “Shape of You”.
According to Variety, the case, which is the culmination of a 4-year legal battle between Sheeran and songwriters Sami Chokri and Ross O’Donoghue, will be heard in the High Court of London.
Chokri, better known under his pseudonym Sami Switch, is a grim artist, while O’Donoghue is a producer.
Both have alleged that Sheeran’s “Shape of You” is similar to Chakri’s single “Oh Why”.
In “Shape of You”, Sheeran is credited with Patrol singer Johnny McDaid and producer Steven McCutcheon as its songwriter.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing, along with Rockstone Music Ltd., Polar Patrol Music and Cobalt Music, all issued legal action against Chokri and O’Donoghue in 2018 saying there was no copyright infringement.
Two months later a counterclaim was issued by Chokri and O’Donoghue alleging copyright infringement and seeking an accounting of losses and profits, the report suggested.
According to reports, The Performing Rights Society (PRS), which collects royalties on behalf of the artists, has suspended royalties to Sheeran, McDaid and McCutcheon due to the controversy.
This isn’t the first instance of Sheeran being sued for copyright infringement.
Earlier, in 2016, his single ‘Photograph’ was sued, and two years later ‘Thinking Out Loud’ was sued for $100 million.
According to Variety, the lawsuit over ‘Photograph’ was settled out of court, but the fight over ‘Thinking Out Loud’ is believed to be on. The new trial will be heard before Mr Justice Zakaroli and is expected to last three weeks.