Ed Sheeran Called ‘Pie’ For Borrowing Ideas In ‘Shape Of You’ Copyright Dispute
Ed Sheeran has been branded a ‘magpie’ for who ‘borrows’ musical ideas from other people’s songs to create his own in a copyright legal battle over his 2017 hit song shape of you.
the Bad habits The singer appeared in the High Court in London on Friday as a £3million trial finally began after two songwriters – Sami Chokri and Ross O’Donoghue – accused him of ripping off some parts of their song Oh why.
However, during the March 4 court proceedings, Sheeran’s writings were questioned by Chokri and O’Donoghue’s QC, Andrew Sutcliffe.
The lawyer said, “Is his songwriting process in truth more nuanced and less spontaneous…involving the collection and development of ideas over time that reference and interpolate other artists. This is the case of the defendants.
“Mr Sheeran is undoubtedly very talented, he is a genius. But he is also a magpie,” he added.
“He borrows ideas and throws them into his songs, sometimes he’ll recognize it but sometimes he won’t.”
The lawyer went on to remark that it “depends on who you are and if he thinks he can get away with it.”
the Perfect The hitmaker’s lawyer previously clarified to the High Court that neither Sheeran nor his co-writers remember ever hearing the song On Why.