Plagiarism charges: Ed Sheeran gets a million euros in damages

The British pop star obtained more than one million euros in damages on Tuesday to cover his legal costs in the context of the lawsuit he won against songwriters who accused him of plagiarism.

British pop star Ed Sheeran obtained on Tuesday the payment of more than a million euros in damages to cover his legal costs in the legal battle won against songwriters who accused him of plagiarism.

In early April, the 31-year-old singer won his case before the High Court in London, after a lawsuit he considered emblematic of abusive practices that undermine the music industry.

Neither “deliberately” nor “unconsciously”

For justice, he did not copy, neither “deliberately”, nor “unknowingly”, part of the melody of the song oh why (2015) by Sami Chokri and Ross O’Donoghue for his planetary hit Shape of Youone of the best-selling titles in the world.

In a supplementary judgment on Tuesday, Judge Antony Zacaroli ruled that the unsuccessful plaintiffs should pay court costs of £916,200.

During the trial, which lasted ten days in March, the two titles were broadcast – as well as, by mistake, an extract from one of his unreleased songs.

Ed Sheeran then denied “borrowing” ideas from little-known composers, while the plaintiffs’ lawyer, while acknowledging his “genius”, accused him of being “a magpie”, in reference to the bird which is sometimes accused of being a thief.

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