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The Ed Sheeran Problem, or, How the Record Industry Got What It Asked For

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A rapidly spinning bus-wheel; Nipper the RCA dog has caught the wheel and is spinning with it, his eyes crazed; the gramophone he is normally pictured listening to is flying off to the upper right. Image: Kristain Baty (modified) CC BY-SA 2.0
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You might have seen Ed Sheeran’s triumphant statement about his victory in a copyright lawsuit that alleged he’d copied elements of Sami Switch’s “Oh Why” in his song “Shape Of You”:




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