Ed Sheeran wins copyright case – BBC News Review reviews

May 18, 2022



Ed Sheeran has won a High Court copyright battle over his 2017 hit Shape of You. He was accused of plagiarising the 2015 song Oh Why by Sami Chokri. A judge ruled this was not the case.

Roy and Tom discuss this news story and teach you some related vocabulary so you can talk about it too.

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Video chapters:
0:00 – Introduction
0:28 – Story
1:31 – Headline 1: Ed Sheeran wins Shape of You copyright case and hits out at ‘baseless’ claims
4:20 – Headline 2: Ed Sheeran releases statement following Shape Of You copyright lawsuit after judge rules he did not rip off Sami Chokri
7:57 – Headline 3: Ed Sheeran says he now regrets settling £14m ‘Photograph’ lawsuit in wake of ‘Shape of You’ trial win
10:23 – Language summary

Key words and phrases:
baseless
without evidence or facts

* The rumour that the boss didn’t have a degree turned out to be baseless.
* Isabella made a baseless claim that she was unfairly dismissed from her job

rip off
copy or plagiarise something

* He accused the other student of ripping off his essay.
* I can’t believe how expensive this city is. Everything is a rip-off!

in the wake of
after or because of something

* In the wake of the allegations, the CEO decided to resign.
* In the wake of the financial report, the company’s share value dropped.

To download the audio and a transcript and test your understanding, go to our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/newsreview-2022/unit-1/session-14

Cover image: Getty – Ed Sheeran arriving at court during ‘Shape of You’ copyright trial on March 8th, 2022.

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  1. Reply
    BBC Learning English May 18, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    Hello! If you enjoyed that video, you'll be happy to know we have a series playlist with lots more: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcetZ6gSk968l1s4WuxwyhiyEUmg5GOZC

  2. Reply
    Илья Горих May 18, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    I can't help smiling when i see Roy smile)

  3. Vốn những bài hát ngày xưa đã rất hay rồi mà thêm giọng hát giàu cảm xúc của Phúc nữa thì đúng là cực phẩm cover😍

  4. Thank youu🙆‍♀🤗

  5. Hi,
    what is the meaning of hit here(( success ))????

  6. Thông tin có ích đấy

  7. Giọng Đức Phúc đỉnh quá đi mất. Nó kiểu mộc mạc, ko màu mè và nghe rất chân thành ấy ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Mong 1 ngày sẽ được ngồi ở trời Đà Lạt và nghe Phúc hát 🎵

  8. Cách hát của Phúc hiện đại, tinh tế và mang hơi hướng Kpop nhưng lại rất ấm áp, dịu dàng…1 ca khúc tuyệt vời ❤

  9. There are traditional laws for copyright. Melody, 5 notes, words 5 words, In these two songs, the melody (in question) is EXACTLY THE SAME, and phonetically they are identical, despite the different words/meanings. I find this not cool. Since when is a copyright infringement trial like a criminal trial where the new author can say he never heard that other song before? I love Ed, but it's hard to believe he never heard this other song before especially since the other artist made a big effort to get his demo to Ed. I feel bad for the other composer. ES is a multi millionaire and can very easily afford to help this struggling artist. I suddenly love him less now. I lived this kind of story myself, having sent a demo tape to a big producer back in the 80's . Two years later, he had a giant world hit with same title, many elements of my song. Said it was a coincidence. Greed.

  10. Vốn những bài hát ngày xưa đã rất hay rồi mà thêm giọng hát giàu cảm xúc của Phúc nữa thì đúng là cực phẩm cover😍

  11. Thank you guys!:)

  12. Chất lượng, Sỹ Luân chắc thích bản Cover này lắm này! Chúc mừng em cùng toàn thể Ekip F. Studio

  13. Lời hát của Đức Phúc nghe rất là nhẹ nhàng luôn.

  14. I just want to say that Roy is so cute, i love his face expression

  15. Bài hit làm mưa làm gió một thời của chị Bảo Thy. Cám ơn Đức Phúc mang nó trở lại với màu sắc mới ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  16. Reply
    Амина Мустафина May 18, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    Sao mình không vào group để tải sheet nhạc về được vậy Mây

  17. Are You Tom?
    Really?
    I ve just recognized because of the voice kkkkkkkkkkk Love from Brazil!!!!

  18. Thanks you, guys!

  19. He is a great singer and composer not in his character to copyright a song specially if you are a well known in music industry..

  20. Baseless in spanish: infundado, sin fundamento

  21. Thanks a lot for the lessons today!!have a wonderful day guys!

  22. a twin show?!😂

  23. I love your teachings. Much appreciated 😍

  24. I mistook “baseless” for “bassless” 🎸 😅

  25. Origins of music unevidenced. Except it is gift to humanity from God the Creator. Music continues in heaven. Music discontinues in hell.
    Jesus Christ came from heaven to earth for one purpose only – to die on cross for remissions of pre-existing sins of every single person and to resurrect. Jesus Christ providing forgiveness from pre-existing sins for every single person, providing salvation from eternity in hell and providing free entry to eternity in heaven for all who repent of sins in Jesus Christ.
    Don't be a fan of celebrity who does not know you. Be a fan of Jesus Christ who died for you.
    Other side of death is eternity. Eternity in hell where there is no music but wailing and gnashing of teeth. Or eternity in heaven through Jesus Christ and enjoy heavenly music for free.
    Penalty of pre-existing sins already paid by Jesus Christ on The Cross. Accept HIM. Repent sins in Jesus Christ name. Be saved from eternal hell. Enter heaven through Jesus and enjoy music.

  26. I really like Roy. He is adorable

  27. Reply
    jesus david arenas gonzalez May 18, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    Thanks for this kind of videos!
    It's really helpful for the person's that are learning English

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