Ed Sheeran has described the negative impact the Shape of You lawsuit has had on his mental health.
The singer has been accused along with Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid and producer Steven “Mac” McCutcheon of copying parts of his 2017 hit single from Sami Chokri’s 2015 track “Oh Why”.
On Wednesday morning (April 6), Sheeran was cleared of plagiarism by Mr Justice Zacaroli, who ruled that there was “insufficient” evidence of “intentional” copying.
Following the judge’s verdict, Sheeran posted a video on social media discussing the case.
“While we are obviously happy with the outcome, I feel that claims like this are far too common now and have become a culture where a claim is made with the idea that it’s cheaper to settle than going to court go,” he said.
“There are only a limited number of notes and very few chords used in popular music. When 60,000 songs are released on Spotify every day, there must be a coincidence. That’s 22 million songs a year and there are only 12 notes available.”
Adding that he didn’t want to “detract from the pain and hurt that both sides have suffered in this case,” Sheeran continued, “I just want to say that I’m not a unit. I’m not a company, I’m a person, I’m a father, I’m a husband, I’m a son. Complaining is not a pleasant experience.”
A joint statement by Sheeran, McDaid and Mac was also released, in which they discussed the non-financial costs of the case.
“Creativity comes at a price,” they wrote. “Our mental health comes at a price. The stress that this creates on all sides is immense. It affects so many aspects of our everyday lives and the lives of our families and friends.”
The trio said it was painful to “hear someone publicly and aggressively question their integrity” and have to defend themselves against allegations of “something you haven’t done and never would.”
“While this was one of the hardest things we’ve ever gone through in our professional lives, we will continue to defend ourselves against baseless claims and protect our rights and the integrity of our musical creativity so we can keep making music, always,” they wrote.
Sheeran’s attorneys, Simon Goodbody and Andrew Forbes, said in a statement: “The ruling is a strong endorsement of the creative genius of Ed, Johnny and Steve – as they have always claimed, they created ‘Shape Of You’ together, without to copy from someone else.”
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