Ed Sheeran in New York Court over Plagiarism Accusations



by FARUK IMAMOVIC

Ed Sheeran in New York Court over Plagiarism Accusations

The multi-platinum selling artist Ed Sheeran recently appeared in a New York court, facing allegations of plagiarizing the song "Let's Get It On" by the legendary musician Marvin Gaye. The lawsuit, initiated by co-author of the song Ed Townsend, alleges that Sheeran and co-writer Amy Wadge copied the four-chord ascending sequence and rhythm of the classic hit.

The Accusations

The trial, which has been ongoing since 2017, has put the spotlight on Sheeran's creative process and his defense against the plagiarism claims. In the court, Sheeran explained how he creates melodies, stating, "When I write melodies, it's like phonetics." He went on to add, "When inspiration hits, you get excited, and it just comes out." The singer also revealed that he is not classically trained in music and is unable to read sheet music.

Sheeran provided a demonstration to the jury, playing the chords of the song and singing the phrase "I'm singing out now," which later became "I'm thinking out loud." Despite apologizing for his musical abilities, he modestly told the jury, "I'm not the world's most talented guitar player." Defending his innocence, Sheeran argued, "Most pop songs can fit over most pop songs...

if I had done what you’re accusing me of doing, I’d be quite an idiot to stand on a stage in front of 20,000 people and do that."

"Protecting the Legacy"

Griffin Townsend, the daughter of Ed Townsend and co-author of "Let's Get It On," appeared as a witness in the trial.

In her testimony, she emphasized her intention to "protect my father's legacy." However, she added that she had brought the case reluctantly and described Sheeran as "a great artist with a great future." As a reminder, this is not the first time Sheeran has faced accusations of plagiarism.

In April 2023, he won a court case in the UK over his hit song "Shape of You." He was accused of copying the work of little-known songwriters Sami Chokri and Ross O'Donoghue. However, it was concluded that Sheeran "neither intentionally nor subliminally" copied their song "Oh Why." The outcome of this trial remains to be seen, but it serves as a reminder of the complexities and challenges of navigating the music industry and protecting one's creative work.

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