Jury Favors Ed Sheeran

A New York federal jury finds Ed Sheeran did not copy Marvin Gaye's classic "Let's Get It On". Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" caused a frenzy not only as a hit single on the music charts along with clearance issues. The Manhattan jurors deliberated for 3 hours over the matter on Thursday (May 4).

The heirs of late Ed Townsend, who co-wrote Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" claimed Ed copied the 1973 classic. Marvin Gaye died in 1984 and Townsend passed away in 2003.

The civil suit pointed out that Sheeran, Warner Music Group and Sony Music Publishing violated federal copyright law by stealing music from the legends. The lawsuit was filed in 2017, taking six years to make it to a federal court.

Sheeran mentioned to a reporter when asked about losing the case that "should he lose he planned on quitting music. Looks like Ed will be around for a while longer dropping hits.

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