Ed Sheeran has admitted he regrets settling a $20million (£13.8million) copyright infringement case for his song ‘Photograph’ in 2017.
Sheeran was interviewed Wednesday (April 6) following his victory in the copyright case for one of his other hit singles, “Shape of You.” The singer has been accused of copying parts of the song from Sami Chokri’s 2015 track “Oh Why”.
Sheeran told BBC Two news night that he was advised to settle the “Photo” case because he was on tour at the time and there was “a culture” around copyright claims that meant he was “probably going to lose”.
However, he said the settlement of the case resulted in “opening the floodgates,” which in turn, he said, “was included in Shape of You’s lawsuit.”
The singer said his regret at settling the “Photograph” case isn’t financial, but is due to the fact that it changed his relationship with the song. “After that, I didn’t play Photograph for ages. I just stopped playing it. It made me feel weird, it kind of made me dirty,” Sheeran said.
He said news night that he had no choice but to fight the Shape of You case: “Win or lose, we had to go to court … We had to stand up for what we thought was right.”
On Wednesday morning (April 6), Judge Zacaroli acquitted Snow Patrol singer and co-writers Johnny McDaid and producer Steven McCutcheon of plagiarism after an 11-day trial in the High Court.
Judge Zacaroli ruled that Sheeran, McDaid and McCutcheon had not copied the song, saying there was “insufficient” evidence of “deliberate” copying.
Follow live updates and reactions to the verdict here.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/ed-sheeran-shape-of-you-lawsuit-win-b2053945.html Ed Sheeran says he now regrets settling £14m Photographer lawsuit after Shape of You’s trial win