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Ed Sheeran awarded costs for ‘Shape of You’ copyright win

/ 10:57 AM June 22, 2022
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Ed Sheeran celebrates after receiving the songwriter of the year award during the BRIT Awards 2022 ceremony and live show in London on Feb. 8, 2022. Image: AFP/Tolga Akmen

A High Court judge in London on Tuesday awarded Ed Sheeran and his co-songwriters more than £900,000 in legal costs after winning a copyright trial over his hit “Shape of You.”

The 31-year-old Sheeran was taken to court and accused of copying a phrase from the British grime track “Oh Why” when writing the worldwide smash.

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But judge Antony Zacaroli ruled in April this year after an 11-day trial that the star “neither deliberately nor subconsciously” plagiarized the hook.

On Wednesday, the judge said the artists who brought the claim—Sami Chokri and Ross O’Donoghue—should pay legal costs.

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He ordered an interim payment of £916,200 ($1.1 million).

Sheeran welcomed the initial ruling but said that “baseless” copyright claims were “damaging the songwriting industry.” AP

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