Ed Sheeran states the ‘Shape of You’ copyright claims are ‘damaging and baseless’

After scoring a legal victory in court, Ed Sheeran is thinking about it out loud. According to court documents obtained, a judge ruled that the singer, along with co-authors Steven McCutcheon and John McDaid, "neither deliberately nor subconsciously copied" elements from the track, Oh Why – which was written by Sami Chokri and Ross O'Donoghue, and released in 2015 – for Sheeran's 2017 hit, Shape of You. After the ruling, which came after an 11-day trial in London, the Grammy winner shared his thoughts on the matter in a video posted to his Instagram. "Me, Johnny and Steve have made a joint statement that will be press released on the outcome of this case, but I wanted to talk about it a bit because I've not really been able to say anything whilst it's been going on," he said. "Whilst we're happy with the result, I feel like claims like this [are] way too common now. It's damaging to the songwriting industry," he continued. In his statement, Sheeran expressed that he hopes this outcome is seen as part of a bigger picture.