The Ed Sheeran Problem

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In 2022, Ed Sheeran won a lawsuit claiming he’d copied elements of another artist’s song for his song “Shape of You”. This lawsuit was inevitable because of the music industry’s long-standing battle against fair use. Sheeran’s plight echoes the Bridgeport Music case, where the court judged N.W.A.’s song “100 Miles and Runnin’” to violate Bridgeport Music’s copyright. The song sampled an older song but distorted it beyond recognition. The case set a precedent—even a passing resemblance to an old song was enough for a copyright lawsuit. Read full article here

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