Shape Of You and its hook ‘Oh I’ were at the center of a legal battle between Ed Sheeran and Sami Chokri, known as Sami Switch, but the judge has now concluded that the similarities to the song ‘Oh Why don’t’ are over were not enough for 2015 . . consider plagiarism.
Ed Sheeran has won his copyright case in the High Court against two songwriters who claimed they destroyed part of one of their songs for his huge Shape Of You win in 2017.
Sheeran and two of his co-writers — Johnny McDaid with Snow Patrol and producer Steve McCutcheon, better known as Steve Mac — have been accused of plagiarizing part of a track called Oh Why by Sami Chokri, a grime artist acting as Sami to have.
But on Wednesday after a March trial, Zacaroli claimed Sheeran did not “intentionally or unknowingly” remove a kidney from the song when he wrote the “Oh I” line for Shape Of You.
In a video statement released after the ruling, Sheeran told fans the copyright claims were “baseless” and “harmful” to the singing industry.
“I’m not a company. I’m human,” he said. “I am a father, I am a husband, I am a son. Trials are not a pleasant experience and I hope this decision means that unsubstantiated claims like these can be avoided in the future.”
Shape Of You, from Sheeran’s album Divide, is the star’s biggest hit with approximately 5.26 million ticket sales (sales and streams combined) as of November 2021, according to Official Charters. It was number one for 13 consecutive weeks in 2017 – Britain’s best-selling song of the year – and is the UK’s most-streamed song with 496 million plays.
The frozen tariffs totaled around £2.2million during the legal battle, which came before the High Court. PRS For Music is now awaiting legal advice on when the rights can be shared following the decision.