Mar 11, 2022

Shape of You co-writer says plagiarism, abhorrent

Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid has described the idea of stealing other people's work as "abhorrent", during the copyright trial over a song he wrote with Ed Sheeran.

Sheeran, McDaid and co-writer Steve Mac have been accused of taking "particular lines and phrases" for the song Shape Of You from a track called Oh Why, by an artist called Sami Switch.

In written evidence, McDaid said he could not recall ever hearing Oh Why "in any way" and was unaware of Sami Switch before the legal case began.

The musician is more well-known to the public as Johnny McDaid, but in the court papers he is named as John.

He has written hits for Pink, BTS, Alicia Keys and Rag'n'Bone Man, added that he would never take credit for another writer's work.

"I have been a professional songwriter for many years and have achieved substantial success," he wrote.

"I do not need or want to, nor would I ever, plagiarise other people's work. The idea is abhorrent to me."

Oh Why was written by Ross O'Donoghue and Sami Switch, under his real name Sami Chokri, in 2015.

The pair claim that Sheeran stole their hook for the post-chorus of Shape Of You, changing the lyrics to "oh I, oh I, oh I".

(BBC News)