Ed Sheeran CLEARED of allegations his hit Thinking Out Loud copied Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On
- Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ didn’t copy Marvin Gaye classic ‘Let’s Get It On’
Ed Sheeran’s hit song ‘Thinking Out Loud’ didn’t copy Marvin Gaye’s classic ‘Let’s Get It On’, a jury has found.
Ed Sheeran heard the verdict at the Manhattan federal court in his $100million copyright trial – which his lawyer says ‘should never have been brought’.
In closing arguments, his lawyer Ilene Farkas said similarities in the chord progressions and rhythms of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get it On’ and Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ were ‘the letters of the alphabet of music.’
Jurors were sent home shortly after closing arguments yesterday returned this morning to deliberate.
Sheeran, 32, vehemently denied the allegations that his song stole fundamental musical elements from Gaye’s song. The lawsuit was brought on by the heirs of the song’s co-writer, Ed Townsend.
Ed Sheeran arrived at the Manhattan federal court this morning to await jurors’ verdict in his $100million copyright trial
Sheeran was seen being escorted into the courtroom today, as he waits to hear his fate from jurors
Sheeran has vehemently denied the allegations that his song stole fundamental musical elements from Marvin Gaye’s song
The 32-year-old 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.
‘These are basic musical building blocks that songwriters now and forever must be free to use, or all of us who love music will be poorer for it,’ she said.
Keisha Rice, who represents Townsend’s heirs, said her clients were not claiming to own basic musical elements but rather ‘the way in which these common elements were uniquely combined.’
‘Mr. Sheeran is counting on you to be very, very overwhelmed by his commercial success,’ she said, urging jurors to use their ‘common sense’ to decide whether the songs are similar.
Sheeran has said that if he looses the $100million suit, it could be the end of his music career.
‘If that happens, I’m done, I’m stopping,’ Sheeran said when asked during the trial about the toll the case has taken.
‘I find it really insulting to devote my whole life to being a performer and a songwriter and have someone diminish it.’
The family of composer Ed Townsend arrive for the musician Ed Sheeran’s copyright-infringement trial
Ed Sheeran arrives at a Manhattan federal court on May 3 before closing statements
Sheeran has vehemently denied that he ripped of Marvin Gaye’s song ‘Let’s Get it On’
Sheeran leaves the Manhattan federal court after the closing statements at his trial
A jury is set to resume deliberations on Thursday in the $100million case
Townsend’s heirs in 2017 sued Sheeran, his label Warner Music Group and his music publisher Sony Music Publishing, claiming infringement of their copyright interest in the Gaye song.
Sheeran and his co-writer, Amy Wadge, both testified during the trial that they did not copy ‘Let’s Get It On.’ Sheeran said he had only passing familiarity with the song and that ‘Thinking Out Loud’ was inspired by Irish musician Van Morrison.
Gaye, who died in 1984, collaborated with Townsend, who died in 2003, to write ‘Let’s Get It On,’ which topped the Billboard charts in 1973. ‘Thinking Out Loud’ peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2015.
Sheeran is also facing claims over ‘Thinking Out Loud’ in the same court from a company owned by investment banker David Pullman that holds copyright interests in the Gaye song.
Sheeran won a trial in London last year in a separate copyright case over his hit ‘Shape of You.’
Gaye’s heirs in 2015 won a $5.3 million judgment from a lawsuit claiming the Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams song ‘Blurred Lines’ copied Gaye’s ‘Got to Give It Up.’