Roger Daltrey is ‘happy’ that Ed Sheeran has won his ‘Shape of You’ copyright case.
The 31-year-old pop star was taken to court by grime artist Sami Chokri, who claimed the melody of the 2017 hit was “strikingly similar” to that of his 2015 song ‘Oh Why’, but a judge ruled ruled earlier this month that Ed and collaborators Johnny McDaid and Steven McCutcheon had not plagiarized the earlier hit.
Judge Antony Zacaroli acknowledged that there were “similarities between the one-bar phrase” in “Shape of You” and “Oh Why”, but said “such similarities are only a starting point for possible copyright infringement.
The Who frontman, 78, called the accusations “ridiculous” and said anyone suing another artist for similar “patterns” in their music was about to happen.
In an interview with The Independent, Roger said: “When you listen to music, there are patterns in music that will always be there. So you write a few different lyrics on it, that doesn’t mean you stole it… It’s ridiculous. They’re just people trying to make money from success and I’m glad Ed won.
In fact, the ‘Pinball Wizard’ hitmaker believes the entire music industry has been ‘robbed’ by streaming platforms, as he lambasted record labels for doing very little despite the megabucks earned by their artists.
He lamented: “Musicians can no longer make a living in the recording industry.
“It’s ridiculous, and they’re being robbed blind by streaming and record companies, because the old record company deals that existed in the 70s and 80s and 90s, they’re still working on the same break percentages. And of course they don’t do any work. They just press a button and it comes out digitally, whereas before they had to manufacture, they had to distribute, they had to do all of that. They don’t give a damn and take all the money, and the musicians get nothing.
Roger added, “I think our music industry has been robbed. I think we really have to worry when young musicians can’t make a living writing music. The streaming companies pay so little at first, and then the record labels take 85, 90% of that. You need a billion streams to earn 200 pounds. It’s reality. We gave away our music industry to many foreign companies, and the money doesn’t come here anymore. We used to be the world leaders in this, paying a lot of taxes. It’s awful.”