Ed Sheeran has denied allegations that he “altered” and “borrowed” musical ideas from other artists when he appeared in court in his ongoing Shape of You lawsuit.
The singer-songwriter has been accused by songwriters Sami Chokri and Ross O’Donoghue of stealing parts of their 2015 song for his 2017 hit single.
The trial began Friday, March 4, during which Chokri and O’Donoghue’s attorney, Andrew Sutcliffe, said Sheeran was a “magpie” who “borrows ideas” without credit.
Speaking in court on Monday (March 7), Sheeran was asked if he accepted his behavior towards other artists.
Sheeran denied the claim, saying “if Mr. Sutcliffe had done his research,” he would have known there were “many” unknown artists with whom he had cleared parts of songs.
He also denied that he knew about Chokri earlier in his career when he was performing under the name Sami Switch.
“That’s all you’re saying, that’s not true,” he told Sutcliffe. In written testimony, he denied meeting Chokri at a party at a Nando’s in central London.
Elsewhere, Sheeran wrote that he “always tried to give absolutely fair credit to anyone who contributes to a song I’ve written,” adding that he’s “been as diligent as possible and even given credit to people.” that I believe could have been no more than a mere influence for a songwriting element”.
Chokri and O’Donoghue claim Shape Of You borrowed “certain lines and phrases” from their 2015 track Oh Why.
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Sheeran is due to appear in court again on Tuesday (March 8) with the legal battle expected to last three weeks.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/ed-sheeran-shape-of-you-court-updates-b2030903.html Ed Sheeran denies “borrowing” ideas from other artists as he stands trial in Shape of You lawsuit