Singer and composer Ed Sheeran wins the battle of copyright. He has been accused of copyrighting Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,” but the US court overruled the accusations and said his song “Thinking Out Loud“ is an original piece.
Gaye’s co-writer argued that “Warner Music Group, Sony Music Publishing, and Ed Sheeran” owed them money.
In a trial session, Sheeran said, “He would give up on his career if he was found culpable.”
The court announced the innocence of the singer; he stood up and hugged his team. He said he was “very happy with the decision.”
He said, “It seems like I won’t have to leave my day job after all.” However, simultaneously, I am utterly incensed that such flimsy arguments are even permitted to be heard in court.
The “four-chord pattern” in question was used in a number of songs before Gaye’s breakthrough song debuted in 1973, according to a musicologist testifying on Sheeran’s behalf in court.
The daughter of Gaye’s co-writer, Kathryn Townsend Gryphon, accused Sheeran of violating someone else’s copyright.
During the court trial, the singer performed his song “Thinking Out Loud” with a guitar. He claimed that he and his buddy Amy Wadge wrote the song at home in London; his grandparents and a just-started personal connection served as inspirations.
In a copyright dispute involving his 2017 song “Shape of You,” Sheeran triumphed before the “High Court of Justice in London” last year.
The business David Pullman, an “investment banker,” owns is suing Sheeran for “Thinking Out Loud” due to its ownership of the copyright to the Marvin Gaye song.
After suing Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, Gaye’s heirs were awarded $5.3 million in 2015. They had claimed that their song “Got to Give It Up” had been stolen from “Blurred Lines.”