Ed Sheeran Cleared of Copyright Infringement in "Thinking Out Loud" Case



by FARUK IMAMOVIC

Ed Sheeran Cleared of Copyright Infringement in "Thinking Out Loud" Case

A New York court has declared that British musician Ed Sheeran did not copy Marvin Gaye's classic "Let's Get It On" when composing his 2014 hit "Thinking Out Loud." The estates of Marvin Gaye and songwriter Ed Townsend had accused Sheeran, Warner Music Group, and Sony Music Publishing of owing them money for copyright infringement, but these claims have now been dismissed.

Sheeran Vows to Fight Against Baseless Copyright Claims

In a video shared on Instagram after the ruling, Sheeran spoke out against the growing trend of unwarranted copyright claims in the music industry. He stated: “Claims like this are way too common now and have become a culture where a claim is made with the idea that a settlement will be cheaper than taking it to court, even if there is no basis for the claim, and it’s really damaging to the songwriting industry." The singer went on to explain the limitations of the musical notes and chords available in pop music and how coincidences are bound to occur given the sheer volume of songs being released daily.

Sheeran expressed his hope that the ruling would serve as a precedent for avoiding similar baseless claims in the future. He emphasized that he is a human being, not just an entity or corporation, and that lawsuits are not a pleasant experience for anyone involved.

Sheeran Celebrates Ruling with Emotional Hug

After the jury declared that Sheeran had independently created "Thinking Out Loud," the singer reportedly stood up and hugged his team. During the trial, Sheeran had sung in court and played parts of the song on the guitar, explaining that he wrote the song at home in England with his friend Amy Wadge, inspired by his grandparents and a new romantic relationship.

This recent ruling follows a previous victory for Sheeran in a copyright battle over his 2017 hit "Shape of You" at the High Court in London. The court's decision in favor of Ed Sheeran serves as a reminder of the importance of protecting the rights of songwriters and musicians against unwarranted copyright claims.

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