The win came after grime rappers Ross O’Donoghue and Sami Chokri, accused Sheeran and his ‘Shape of You’ co-writers, Steven McCutcheon and John McDaid, of plagiarism, asking the court to let Ed and his team to cover their own legal costs.
The judge rejected Chokri and O’Donoghue’s argument that Sheeran and his partners should cover their own legal expenses because they had withheld documents and exhibited “awkwardness and opacity.”
As such, the court awarded the group an interim payment of £916,200 on Tuesday.
During the heated battle in court, Ed and his co-writers vehemently refuted all claims of plagiarism, telling the court that Chokri and O’Donoghue’s assertions were “baseless” and “way too common.”
The 11-day trial’s defendants, Chokri and O’Donoghue, claimed that Sheeran was known for “habitually” copying the work of other musicians and that a portion of Shape of You was “strikingly similar” to a section of their 2015 song Oh Why.
Judge Zacaroli said in his last ruling, “I consider it is appropriate that the claimants’ success is reflected in an order that their costs are paid by the defendants, without reduction save for that which is made as part of the process of detailed assessment.”
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