Singer Ed Sheeran faces a lawsuit for his popular song “Shape of You”.
The copyright trial began earlier this week and is expected to take up to three weeks for all parties to present their evidence in the case.
Two artists insist Ed Sheeran ripped off their song to create ‘Shape Of You’
Although Ed Sheeran previously gave credit for songwriting TLC’s “No Scrubs” on his 2017 hit single, two other artists insist they deserve credit for their contributions to the hit song.
Sami Chokri and Ross O’Donoghue claimed “Shape Of You” lifts “particular lines and phrases” from their 2015 song “Oh Why.” Chokri claims he actually sent “Oh Why” to Sheeran in hopes of a collaboration.
Sheeran denied all allegations and asked the court to declare that no copyright infringement of the song occurred. Sheeran and his team are hoping this lawsuit will be resolved quickly, as music licensing body PRS For Music has barred him and his co-writers from collecting around £20m in royalties until this the lawsuit be resolved.
Two artists accuse Ed Sheeran of being a “magpie”
In the courtroom, Chokri and O’Donoghue’s attorney, Andrew Sutcliffe, argued that Sheeran’s writing process involves “the collection and development of ideas over time that reference and interpolate from Other artists… Mr. Sheeran is undoubtedly very talented, he’s a genius. But it’s also a magpie. He borrows ideas and throws them into his songs, sometimes he’ll recognize it but sometimes he won’t…depends on who you are and if he thinks he can get away with it.
Lawyers for Sheeran insist that the singer and the song’s two co-writers have no recollection of ever hearing the song “Oh Why” and vehemently deny plagiarism took place.
Sheeran’s lawyer, Ian Mill, said: “How can more than one person unknowingly copy something? It is totally inconceivable. He added that “conscious copying” would require that “all three knew at the time of writing that they were copying ‘Oh Why’.”
Unfortunately, that’s not the only problem the “Thinking Out Loud” has had lately.
Ed Sheeran builds private burial chamber on his own property, neighbors object!
The ‘Overpass Graffiti’ singer, now 31, plans to build a private burial change on his 16-acre Framlingham estate in the UK, despite concerns from neighbours.
As The Blast previously reported, the green renovation is estimated at over $5 million, which includes the construction of a private two-story chapel with its own crypt. The construction of the chapel was first approved in November 2019 and includes a brick, wood and concrete vault. The chapel itself will feature stained glass windows and an eco-friendly heat pump to keep it warm during the cold winter months.
It should be noted that there are no laws against burying bodies on private land in England or Wales. Court documents reveal that Sheeran requested a burial area the size of a double grave plot which would be accessed through a floor slab at the rear of the church.
At the time Sheeran initially called for the chapel to be built, East Suffolk Council’s senior design and conservation officer, Robert Scrimgeour, wrote: “I have no concerns and stand by my view precedent that I have no objection to this request.”
However, his neighbors hope that the “Chills” will change his mind.
Subject of the neighbors: “Are celebrities now so far from reality…?”
A local media spoke to a local resident identified as Anna Woods, who was unhappy with the constructions of the ‘Castle on the Hill’ singer’s plans to create her own private resting place in her backyard.
“I feel I have to comment on this project for a place of worship in a garden,” she said. “The area is well served by local churches and I think there is no need for a famous person to create their own island of calm when beautiful places of worship abound in the area.”
She added that her desire to have a resting place separate from everyone was a sign that there was something “wrong” with modern culture. She asked, “Are celebrities now so detached from reality that their every living breath and now even the act of dying are separated from the rest of us?”