Ed Sheeran awarded costs for Shape of You copyright win

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A High Court judge in London on Tuesday awarded Ed Sheeran and his co-songwriters more than £900 000 (R17.6 million) 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.

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

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

He ordered an interim payment of £916 200 (R17.9 million).

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

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