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Published April 6, 2022

Ed Sheeran wins plagiarism trial, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial to be televised, and "This Is Us" filming final three episodes

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Ed Sheeran wins copyright trial, says such lawsuits damage the songwriting industry

Ed Sheeran has won the copyright trial of his 2017 song "Shape of You."

The British musician was accused of plagiarism by artist Sami Chokri, also known as Sami Switch.

At the heart of the issue was the song's hook, "Oh I, Oh I, Oh I."

Switch claimed it was ripped off from his 2015 song "Oh Why."

Following an 11-day trial in March, a high court judge in the U.K has ruled that Sheeran did not deliberately or subconsciously" copy the hook.

The Judge admitted that there are similarities between the hooks, but there are also significant differences.

Responding to the trial's outcome, Sheeran says he's happy with the result but that claims like this are becoming common in the music business and damaging the songwriting industry.

Watch his response below.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial will be televised

The drama between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard will be on television for all the world to see.

The defamation trial between the two will be televised when it starts next week.

Court TV will carry the feed of the highly publicized case, the same network that had the trial of Derek Chauvin and Kim Potter.

Depp filed a $50 million defamation suit against Heard after she drafted an essay in the Washington Post about her history as a domestic abuse survivor.

The op-ed, published in 2018, was headlined “I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change.” 

Depp wasn't named in the article, but claims it damaged his reputation and cost him movie roles. 

Heard has filed a counterclaim for $100 million.

According to TMZ, Elon Musk, James Franco, and Paul Bettany will be called as witnesses.

The trial begins on April 11th.

"This Is Us" filming final three episodes

Grab the Kleenex and get ready for an emotional ending to "This Is Us."

The hit NBC drama ends soon, as the cast and crew are filming the last three episodes.

Mandy Moore, who has played Rebecca Pearson for the last six seasons, says, "I think we're all sort of holding on for dear life."

In an interview with Page Six, the star revealed they have yet to film one of her most emotional scenes of the whole series, saying, "It's gonna be really hard. I don't know how we're gonna do it."

The series finale airs on Tuesday, May 24th, on NBC.

feature image courtesy of Eva Rinaldi via flickr

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