50 most influential people in IP 2022: MIP recognises Ed Sheeran
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50 most influential people in IP 2022: MIP recognises Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran is a pop star in the UK

Ed Sheeran, pop star, UK

Ed Sheeran has spent a lot more time thinking about copyright than he might have liked over the past few years.

The pop star successfully beat claims that he copied elements of his hit ‘Shape of You’ at the England and Wales High Court in April.

He will soon face a trial in the US over separate claims that he plagiarised Marvin Gaye’s song ‘Let’s Get It On’.

By his own admission, he’s getting fed up.

Sheeran took his ‘Shape of You’ win in April as an opportunity to raise the alarm on what he saw as a culture of baseless music copyright litigation.

"I feel claims like this are way too common now. This really does have to end.

"It's really damaging to the songwriting industry. There's only so many notes and very few chords used in pop music.

“Coincidence is bound to happen if 60,000 songs are being released every day on Spotify. That’s 22 million songs a year, and there's only 12 notes that are available,” Sheeran said.

His comments likely resonated with defendants in other high-profile copyright suits, such as Katy Perry, who escaped $2.8 million in copyright damages on appeal in March.

Sheeran hopes his success will discourage more of what he sees as opportunistic claims designed to win quick settlements.

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19 Industry leaders
10 Public officials
9 IP authorities
7 Judges
5 Notable individuals
Kasim Alfalahi is CEO at Avanci in the US
Robert Devonshire is a partner at MML Capital in the UK
Daniel Zohny is head of IP at FIFA in Switzerland
Ben Horowitz and Marc Andreessen are founders at Andreessen Horowitz in the US
Nader Pazirandeh is president at Unicolors in the US
Craig Wright is a computer scientist in Australia
Jack Randles is head of legal at Manolo Blahnik in the UK
Audrey Lee is general counsel at Starz Entertainment in the US
Stephen Wurth and John Scott are legal counsel at Qualcomm in the US
Juliette Rouilloux-Sicre is vice president of legal and intellectual property at Thales in France
Niall Trainor is senior director of brand protection at eOne in the UK
Clemens Heusch is global head of dispute resolution at Nokia in Germany
Mattia Fogliacco is president of Sisvel International in Luxembourg
Joyce Ang is senior vice president for IPR protection at Lazada in Singapore
Beat Weibel is chief IP counsel at Siemens in Germany
Shannon Thyme Klinger is chief legal officer at Moderna in the US
Jim Sullivan is a director at Shazam Productions in the UK
Scott Frank is CEO of IP at AT&T in the US
René Claude Metomo is the president of the Association of Penja Pepper Producers in Cameroon
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the director general of the World Trade Organization in Switzerland
The investigation lead at the Spanish National Police asked to remain anonymous
Thom Tillis is a senator for North Carolina at the US Congress
Vladimir Putin is president of Russia
Patrick Leahy is a senator for Vermont at the US Congress
Jacob Rees-Mogg is the former secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy in the UK
Edwin Tong is the second minister for law in the Singapore government
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the former president of the United Arab Emirates
Kerstin Jorna is director general of DG Grow at the European Commission in Belgium
Alexander Ramsay is former chair of the UPC Administrative Committee in Sweden
Insil Lee is the commissioner at KIPO in South Korea
Shira Perlmutter is register of copyrights at the US Copyright Office
Konstantinos Georgaras is CEO of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Shen Changyu is the commissioner of the CNIPA in China
Christian Archambeau is executive director at the EUIPO in Spain
Kathi Vidal is the director of the USPTO and under secretary of commerce for IP in the US government
Tim Moss is former CEO of the UKIPO
António Campinos is president of the EPO in Germany
Wang Jiangqiao is a judge at the Hangzhou Internet Court in China
Orlando Garcia is the chief judge at the District Court for the Western District of Texas in the US
Prathiba Singh is a judge at the Delhi High Court in India
Len Stark is a judge at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in the US
Suzanne Barnett was the interim chief judge at the Copyright Royalty Board in the US
Klaus Grabinski is president of the UPC Court of Appeal in Germany
Colm Connolly is the chief judge at the District Court for the District of Delaware in the US
Amber Kotrri is the founder of House of Zana in the UK
Taras Kulbaba is a partner at Bukovnik & Kulbaba IP Guardians in Belgium
Lynn Goldsmith is a celebrity photographer in the US
Ankit Sahni is the owner of the RAGHAV Artificial Intelligence Painting App in India
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