Accusations of copyright infringement are as much a part of the music business as hits songs and the songwriting itself.

After he had a smash hit with the song “Shape of You” in 2017, British pop star Ed Sheeran was charged with “stealing” a part of “Oh Why” by Sami Chokri; Chokri goes by the name Sami Switch.

On April 6, High Court Judge Antony Zacaroli concluded that Sheeran “neither deliberately nor subconsciously” copied a phrase from “Oh Why″ when writing his smash hit.

High Court Judge Antony Zacaroli concluded that Sheeran and his co-writers John McDaid and Steven McCutcheon “neither deliberately nor subconsciously” copied a phrase from “Oh Why″ when writing his smash hit.

Via a video on Twitter, Sheeran spoke on the decision saying, “whilst we’re obviously happy with the result, I feel like claims like this are way too common now and have become a culture where a claim is made with the idea that a settlement will be cheaper than taking it to court, even if there is no basis for the claim.  It’s really damaging to the songwriting industry.”

Attorney for the writers of “Oh Why” Andrew Sutcliffe stated that there was,  “indisputable similarity between the works.” He claimed, “ Sheeran had “Oh Why” in his head “consciously or unconsciously” when “Shape of You” was written in 2016.”

Songwriters alleged, “the refrain ‘Oh I, Oh I, Oh I’ in the chorus of ‘Shape Of You’ was ‘strikingly similar’ to the line ‘Oh why, Oh why, Oh why’ in their track.

Sheeran responded that he does not “borrow” ideas without giving proper credit; adding that he is, “always been fair in crediting people who contribute to his albums.”

Noting that such an accusation is costly in a number of ways and takes away form the creativity and time for making music, the songwriters said, “it is so painful to hear someone publicly and aggressively challenge your integrity.  It is so painful to have to defend yourself against accusations that you have done something that you haven’t done, and would never do.″