Ed Sheeran denies copyright claims for 'Shape of You'

Ed Sheeran denies 'Shape of You' copyright claims

The singer appeared in London's High Court where he denied claims that he copied part of his 'Shape of You' song from another artist. 

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Ed Sheeran is currently undergoing a court case where he is being accused of copying portions of 'Shape of You' from Sami Chokri's 2015 single, 'Oh Why.'

He allegedly took the 'Oh I, oh I, oh I' hook from 'Oh Why'. 

However, the star denied hearing the song before his own track was released in 2017, reports Sky News.  

Andrew Sutcliffe QC, representing Mr Chokri and Mr O'Donoghue, asked: "It was a phrase you already had in your head after listening to the chorus of Sam's song, wasn't it?"

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"No," Sheeran replied.

The musician told the court that he came up with 'Oh, I' phrase alongside his co-writers Steve Mac and Johnny McDaid.

Unheard song played in court 

During the court proceedings, one of Ed Sheeran's unheard songs was accidentally played in court. 

"That's a song I wrote last January. How did you get that? I want to know how you got that," Ed Sheeran asked his lawyers. 

The court was told it was an error. 

The song was played from his co-writer Steve Mac's personal laptop, and the wrong folder had been accidentally accessed.

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