Ed Sheeran Wins 'Thinking Out Loud' Copyright Case Against Marvin Gaye


The court stated that the award-winning singer-songwriter did not plagiarize the late Marvin Gaye's 'Let's Get It On' in composing his smash tune 'Thinking Out Loud.'

British heavyweight singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist Edward Christopher Sheeran, popularly known as Ed Sheeran, has been found not guilty of plagiarizing Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let's Get It On’ by a US court.

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter was earlier sued by Marvin Gaye's estate after the daughter of Gaye's co-writer Ed Townsend, Kathryn Townsend Griffin, argued that Sheeran, Warner Music Group, and Sony Music Publishing owed them money for copyright infringement.

Ed, who stated that he would give up his music career if found guilty, denied plagiarizing elements of Marvin Gaye's 1973 smash to create his own 2014 global hit.

According to several reports, a musicologist for Sheeran's defense made it known to the court that the four-chord sequence in question was used in several songs before Gaye's 'Let's Get It On" was released.

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On May 4, 2023, the jury of the New York Court found Ed Sheeran not guilty of the accusations labeled against him, hence declaring him free.

It is a big relief for Ed as he did not suffer the same fate as colleagues Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, who after five years of legal tussle were asked by a US court to pay the Marvin Gaye estate $5 million for plagiarizing the deceased 1977 smash song "Got to Give It Up" in creating their 2013 smash tune ‘Blurred Lines’.

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