UEA law expert says Ed Sheeran court case is good news for creators

Published by  News archive

On 6th Apr 2022

A crowd at a music concert.
Getty images

As Ed Sheeran wins his High Court copyright case over his 2017 hit Shape of You, associate professor in IP/IT/Media Law Dr Sabine Jacques says the decision “should bring some comfort to creators”. 


“With a finite number of notes and the global dissemination of works, the rise of such cases is not surprising,” said Dr Jacques. “Establishing an infringement of copyright requires several things: the copying of original parts and establishing a causal connection between the earlier work and the alleged infringement are required.

“These elements were not proven here. With this high-profile case, the High Court confirms that it is not because two songs may sound similar that there is a copyright infringement.

“This is decision should bring some comfort to creators, decreasing risk aversion towards any perceived threat of legal actions for infringement and hopefully, foster musical creativity.”

Dr Jacques’ research areas are in intellectual property law (copyright, trade marks, designs and patents) and in the intersection of intellectual property law and other areas of law such as contract law and human rights. Previous work has focused on the music industry. 

Latest News

 
Microscope view of the monkeypox virus.
23 Sep 2022

Monkeypox outbreak highlights need for One Health approach to prevent future zoonotic diseases

The outbreak of monkeypox is a warning for the adoption of a preventative, One Health, approach, accoding to research from UEA.

Read more >
 
A medical professional helps a young girl in an MRI scanner.
22 Sep 2022

The super-fast MRI scan that could revolutionise heart failure diagnosis

Researchers at the University of East Anglia have developed cutting-edge technology to diagnose patients with heart failure in record time.

Read more >
 
A man in a consultation with a medical professional.
22 Sep 2022

UEA breakthrough reveals how prostate cancer may begin

Researchers at the University of East Anglia have made an important discovery about how prostate cancer may start to develop.

Read more >
 
Protestors holding placards.
20 Sep 2022

‘We’ll turn things upside down!’ Project tracks 420 years of English protest songs 

Read more >
Are you searching for something?
 
Protestors holding placards.
20 Sep 2022

‘We’ll turn things upside down!’ Project tracks 420 years of English protest songs 

Read more >
 
A healthcare professional gives medicine to a patient.
20 Sep 2022

Artificial Intelligence tool could reduce common drug side effects

AI could help clinicians assess which patients are likely to encounter the harmful side effects of some commonly used antidepressants, antihistamines and bladder...

Read more >
 
Ist REF
01 Aug 2022

Thanks from the School of International Development

The School of International Development are delighted to be recently ranked first for overall research quality, impact, environment and outputs in development...

Read more >
 
Hubert Lamb Building
01 Aug 2022

UEA’s Climatic Research Unit turns 50

The realisation that the climate could undergo significant change in the span of a human lifetime was the reason behind the founding of the Climatic Research...

Read more >
 
Sample bottle
01 Aug 2022

The holy grail for taming prostate cancer

UEA researchers have made a crucial link between bacteria and aggressive prostate cancer. Their discovery has the potential to slow or even prevent the...

Read more >
 
Lincoln Barnwell, Prof Jowitt, Dr Redding, Julian Barnwell
01 Aug 2022

UEA to host conference on ‘Norfolk’s Mary Rose’ – The Gloucester

Following the momentous discovery of a royal ship off the Norfolk coast, UEA researchers are fundraising to bring together leading historians to discuss their...

Read more >
 
23 Sep 2022

UEA teacher education partnership celebrates good Ofsted outcome

The University of East Anglia (UEA) Initial Teacher Education (ITE) partnership has received a ‘good’ rating across the board, following an Ofsted inspection of...

Read more >