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Ed Sheeran Facing 100Million Lawsuit in Marvin Gaye Copyright Case
Ed Sheeran's hit song Thinking Out Loud didn't copy Marvin Gaye's classic 'Let's Get It On', a jury has found.
Sheeran heard the verdict at the Manhattan federal court in his $100million copyright trial - which his lawyer says 'should never have been brought'.
As the New York jury answered the single question of whether Sheeran, 32, proved he didn't infringe upon the copyright in the affirmative, the singer briefly put his hands over his face in relief before standing and hugging his lawyer.
speaking outside the court, Sheeran said: 'I'm just a guy with a guitar who loves writing music for people to enjoy. I am not and will not allow myself to be a piggy bank.'
Sheeran vehemently denied allegations that his song stole fundamental musical elements from Gaye's song. The 32-year-old singer has been so outspoken about his stance that he staked his whole career on it, vowing that he will be 'done' with music if found guilty.
Ed Sheeran's hit song Thinking Out Loud didn't copy Marvin Gaye's classic 'Let's Get It On', a jury has found. Pictured: Sheeran after the verdict
Sheeran said: 'I'm obviously very happy with the outcome of the case and it looks like I'm not having to retire from my day job after all'
Speaking outside the court, Sheeran said: 'I'm just a guy with a guitar who loves writing music for people to enjoy. I am not and will not allow myself to be a piggy bank'
British singer Ed Sheeran is facing a copyright lawsuit over accusations that his 2014 hit “Thinking Out Loud” stole from Marvin Gaye’s 1973 single “Let’s Get It On.”
Sheeran’s lawyers want the case dismissed, arguing that the alleged similarities are legally protected. Judge Louis Stanton has ruled that the matter will head to a jury trial.
“The law does not support Sheeran’s contention that the combination of LGO’s chord progression and harmonic rhythm is insufficiently original to warrant it copyrightable,” the judge wrote. “There is no bright-line rule that the combination of two unprotectable elements is insufficiently numerous to constitute an original work.”
The family of the late Ed Townsend, co-writer of the 1973 song, first sued Sheeran over the matter in 2016. This case is related to a lawsuit filed in 2018 by Structured Asset Sales, which owns a one-third stake in Townsend’s copyrights, per therichest.com.
The lawsuit was adjusted to acknowledge Sheeran’s attorneys agreeing that the song elements are “commonplace and unprotectable.”
Sheeran’s accusers are seeking $100 million in damages.
Meanwhile, Sheeran has announced details for the North American leg of his “+ – = ÷ x Tour” (pronounced “The Mathematics Tour”). As reported by News 9, General public ticket sales start on Oct. 14, at 10 a.m. MST via Ticketmaster. Check out the tour dates via the Twitter post below.
Fans can sign up to receive a verified status that allows for early ticket access at edsheeran.com/NATour.