Ed Sheeran awarded 1.1 million for 'Shape of You' copyright win

A High Court judge in London on Tuesday awarded Ed Sheeran and his co-songwriter after winning a copyright trial over his hit "Shape of you".

Ed Sheeran was taken to court and accused of copying a phrase from the British grime track.

Ed Sheeran has copied from "Oh Why" when writing his song 'Shape of You'. Sheeran denied he “borrows” ideas from other songwriters without acknowledgment.

Judge Antony Zacaroli after an 11-day trial said that the singer "nither deliberately nor subconsciously" copied a phrase from “Oh Why” when writing “Shape of You,”

He told the court he “always tried to be completely fair” in crediting his contributors,” adding that he was using the opportunity of the trial to clear his name.

The judge said the artists who brought the claim, Sami Chokri and Ross O'Donoghue should pay the legal cost.

He ordered an interim payment of £916,200 ($1.1 million) to Ed Sheeran for his loss.

In a video statement posted to Twitter, Sheeran said, “While we’re obviously happy with the result, I feel like claims like this are way too common now"

"I’m a father. I’m a husband. I’m a son. Lawsuits are not a pleasant experience" he added.