I have a mild resentment towards Ed Sheeran. He looks good, I enjoy some of his songs frugally, but I think he’s a bit of a derivative because I’ll get to that in a minute. And apparently I’m not the only one. Ed has recently been sued for copyright infringement Like the third time.
First, “Photograph” was alleged to be a copy of a song’s chorus X factor United Kingdom The winner is Matt Cardell. Ed settled out of court. Second, Ed was sued for “thinking out loud” for allegedly matching “Let’s Get It On”. A judge said there was considerable similarity between the two songs, but referred the case to a jury, where it was dismissed without prejudice. And most recently, Ed was sued for “Shape of You” by musicians Sami Chokri and Ross O’Donoghue, who complained that the song copied the lines and phrases of one of them. Ed won it and now he is going to film his entire recording process to help with future cases.
After winning a plagiarism case with his song “Shape of You” on Wednesday, singer Ed Sheeran shared that over the years he has filmed his entire recording process for his album just to stop any other claims.
Sheeran told the BBC: “Now I just film everything, film everything.
“Our demand was to come through the song and we go, good footage here and see you. You will see there is nothing there, ”he added.
High Court Judge Anthony Zacarroli ruled in Shiran’s favor this week, saying he had “intentionally or subconsciously” copied a phrase from Sami Chokri’s 2015 song “Oh Why”, despite the so-called “undisputed similarities in work”.
“It’s very painful to hear someone openly and aggressively challenge your integrity,” said Sheeran, Snow Patrol’s John McDade and producer Steven McCachon after the ruling. “It’s very painful to defend yourself against an accusation that you did something you never did.”
This is far from Sheeran’s first lawsuit, as the singer made a settlement in 2014 over his “photograph” song. In a similar interview with the BBC, Sheeran stated that he had stopped playing the song for some time and regretted not fighting the suit “personally”. Soon after, he started recording his songwriting process.
“I stopped playing it,” he says. “I felt weird about it, it made me feel dirty.”
Listen, we’d probably start recording each of our creative steps if we were regularly the victims of copyright lawsuits. (Or we’ll just write better music.) On the bright side for the singer, when an inevitable documentary about one of the biggest names in modern music is made, there will be plenty of footage available behind the scenes.
[Qutoes from BBC via AV Club]
Whenever a celebrity says they’re recording everything I guess it’s for a possible future documentary. But I guess it also works against potential lawsuits. I think recording all of his recording sessions would make him feel good, but that’s not entirely proof. This is not to say that creativity hits exclusively at certain times / places. And somehow a recording won’t capture the thoughts in a person’s head if they start randomly remembering the melody of a song they heard as a child. Also, if you have been sued three times for copyright infringement, it’s probably time to reconsider your songwriting and production process instead of recording for successor. Even if it is not intentional, it is something that should be taken. Is there software like print theft?
My reason for looking for ad derivatives is actually completely different from these copyright claims. I’m bitter because I believe Ed has a single career that could and should have stumped Patrick from Fall Out Boy. They have a similarity Look (Patrick updated his look, but you got it) and sound (pop / R&B), but I personally think Patrick is a lot more talented. Her solo effort in 2011 didn’t really hurt (I guess I won’t bother you about why), but Ed’s first album was released the same year. Apparently there was a niche and Ed filled it, but it should have been Patrick! The “bad habit” video even reminds me of the “a little less than sixteen candles, a little more” touch me “video that Fall Out Boy performed at Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2013 (no less with Taylor Swift) and Ed in 2014 Performed. Lots of coincidences! Ed is OK and I hear “bad habits” all the time. Ed likes to use symbols for his album titles; Maybe the latter should be <(like Ed Photo credit: Avalon.red
Photo credit: Avalon.red