Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You song earns him £5m a year despite being at the at the centre of copyright court battle
Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You song at the centre of his copyright court battle has earned him and his co-writers £5million a year, the High Court was told yesterday.
The figure ought to be higher but nearly 10 per cent of payments from 2017 No1 hit Shape Of You we, frozen
The Performing Rights Society put payments on hold when the dispute began in 2018.
But revenues from streaming services could not be hit.
Songwriters Sami Chokri and Ross O’Donoghue claim the ‘Oh I’ hook in Sheeran’s hit copies part of their song Oh Why, which was released two years earlier.
However, a music expert told the court yesterday that Shape Of You has ‘distinctive differences’.
Forensic musicologist Anthony Ricigliano said it was unlikely that any similarities between the two songs ‘result from copying’.
But another musicologist Christian Siddell said: ‘The possibility of independent creation is… highly improbable’.
Sheeran and his co-writers deny allegations of copying. The case continues.