Ed Sheeran dubbed “Magpie” who “borrows” ideas from other music stars during the Shape of You court battle.

Ed Sheeran has been branded a “magpie” who allegedly “borrowed” ideas from other musicians during a trial over the hit song “Shape of You.”

The 31-year-old singer-songwriter was accused of stealing parts of another song for the single released in 2017. He was in court on Friday (March 4).

Sheeran’s accusers are songwriters Sami Chokri and Ross O’Donoghue, who claim “Shape of You” was inspired by their own song titled “Oh Why.”

They claim that the song borrowed “certain lines and phrases” from their own, and claim that Sheeran’s chorus of the words “Oh I” is “strikingly similar” to their renditions of the words “Oh why.”

Judge Antony Zacaroli listened to both songs in court, with Chokri and O’Donoghue’s attorney Andrew Sutcliffe telling him they “sound almost identical”.

Sutcliffe branding Sheeran a “magpie” who “borrows ideas”. said: “Of course, that alone does not prove that there has been copying, but it is an important starting point.”

Ed Sheeran is in court over copyright claims on Shape of You

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Sheeran’s attorneys previously told the court that the singer and the song’s co-writers have no recollection of ever hearing the song “Oh Why.”

The legal battle is expected to last three weeks

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Tom Vazquez

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