Ed Sheeran awarded costs for Shape Of You copyright win

Sheeran welcomed the ruling but said "baseless" copyright claims were "damaging the songwriting industry". PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - A High Court judge in London on Tuesday (June 21) awarded Ed Sheeran and his co-songwriters more than £900,000 (S$1.5 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.

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.

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

Remote video URL

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.