Ed Sheeran wins a 'Shape of You' copyright accusation case
Ed Sheeran did not steal from another songwriter when he wrote his 2017 megahit “Shape of You,” according to a highly anticipated court ruling here on Wednesday.
Andrew Sutcliffe, the lawyer for the co-writers of "Oh Why,'' argued that there was an "indisputable similarity between the works." He claimed that Sheeran had "Oh Why" in his head "consciously or unconsciously" when "Shape of You" was written in 2016.
The plaintiffs alleged that the refrain "Oh I, Oh I, Oh I" in the chorus of "Shape Of You" was "strikingly similar" to the line "Oh why, Oh why, Oh why" in their track.
Sheeran is worth £160 million ($207 million) as the 17th richest musician in the UK
During the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, which is part of Russian-Ukrainian war, he expressed support for Ukraine by participating in the Concert for Ukraine.
Sheeran made his acting debut in 2014, a cameo role as himself on New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street, filmed while he was in the country for a one-off performance.