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Ed Sheeran Wins Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’


A verdict in Ed Sheeran’s favor was made in the copyright case that included him.

A jury in New York City declared the artist, 32, not guilty on Thursday of copying his 2014 song “Thinking Out Loud” from Marvin Gaye’s 1973 hit “Let’s Get It On.”


An eyewitness in the courthouse told ET that “Ed seemed very pleased with the verdict and gave everyone on his legal team a big hug.” “After giving his squad a hug, he talked to Kathy Townsend and gave her a hug as well.

Sheeran made a public statement regarding his victory and the case as a whole after the decision was made.

“I am obviously very happy with the outcome of the case, and it looks like I’m not going to have to retire from my day job after all — but, at the same time, I am unbelievably frustrated that baseless claims like this are allowed to go to court at all,” Sheeran’s statement read;

“We have spent the last eight years talking about two songs with dramatically different lyrics, melodies and four chords which are also different and used by songwriters every day, all over the world.

These chords are common building blocks which were used to create music long before ‘Let’s Get It On’ was written and will be used to make music long after we are all gone.

“They are a songwriter’s ‘alphabet’, our tool kit and should be there for us all to use. No-one owns them, or the way they are played, in the same way, nobody owns the color blue.”

“Unfortunately, unfounded claims like this one are being fueled by individuals who are offered as experts in musical analysis,” the statement continued. “In this instance, the other side’s musicologist left out words and notes, presented simple (and different) pitches as melody, creating misleading comparisons and disinformation to find supposed similarities where none exist.

“They tried to manipulate my and [my co-writer] Amy [Wadge]’s song to try to convince the jury that they had a genuine claim, and I am very grateful that the jury saw through those attempts.”



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