Ed Sheeran speaks of winning copyright case: ‘You can’t settle’

By Brent Fordick.

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Ed Sheeran has spoken out in his recent court victory after suing his 2017 hit “Shape of You” for copyright infringement.

Sheeran and the song’s co-author – John McDade of Snow Patrol and producer Steven McCachon – denied the lawsuit’s claim that they stole part of a 2015 song, “Oh Why” by Sami Chokri (who plays Sami Switch).

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Speaking to BBC2’s “Newsnight”, Sheeran said that once he was accused of tearing up another song, he was forced to defend his artistic integrity.

Appearing with McDade, Sheeran said he had “no choice” but to fight the case.

“You can get a verdict or you can make a decision and [when] If you know you’re okay, then you can’t settle out of policy. You can’t settle, ”he explained.

“Our royalties were frozen and we were given two options and we chose the option that was integral to us,” Sheeran added.

“Last year, it got really heavy and it was consuming,” McDade added. “The cost of our mental health and creativity was really real.”

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For Sheeran, victory has come at a high price, and he admits that the sheer excitement he felt from writing the song has changed.

“There’s George Harrison point where he said he’s afraid to touch the piano because he’s touching someone else’s notes. There’s definitely a sense of it in the studio, “Sheeran said, referring to Harrison being the victim of a similar lawsuit in the 1970s, claiming he picked up his hit” My Sweet Lord “from Chiffons'” He’s So Fine “.

“I personally think the best feeling in the world is the excitement around the first idea of ​​writing a great song,” Sheeran added. “That feeling has now become, ‘Oh wait, let’s wait a minute.’ You will find yourself in this moment, guessing yourself second. “

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Finally, both Sheeran and McDade admit that they are relieved that the year-long lawsuit is now over.

“I’m glad it’s over. I’m glad we can go ahead and go back to writing songs,” Sheeran said.

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