Ed Sheeran reacts to copyright lawsuit win: ‘It looks like I am not having to retire from my day job’

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5 May 2023, 07:08

Ed Sheeran outside court.

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A jury in New York has come to its decision regarding whether Ed Sheeran copied Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On when composing Thinking Out Loud.

The singer-songwriter did not rip off the soul classic when composing his 2014 hit, the court has ruled.

The plagiarism trial stemmed from the family of Let’s Get It On’s co-creator Ed Townsend suing Sheeran several years ago. It was alleged that Sheeran and co-writer Amy Wadge copied aspects of the 1973 song, including the rhythm and an ascending four-chord sequence.

However, yesterday (4th May), the court found that the British musician is not liable for copyright infringement. Jurors ruled that the hitmaker “independently” created the song. He reportedly hugged his attorneys when the verdict was given, after the jury took approximately three hours with their deliberations.

Earlier this week, he suggested to the Manhattan court that he would quit music if he lost the case, saying: “If that happens, I’m done, I’m stopping.”

He is also reported to have said: “I find it really insulting to devote my whole life to being a performer and a songwriter and have someone diminish it.”

Reacting outside the court after the verdict went in his favour yesterday, he said: “I am obviously very happy with the outcome of the case and it looks like I am not having to retire from my day job after all. But at the same time I’m unbelievably frustrated that baseless claims like this are allowed to go to court at all.”

Sheeran’s new album, Subtract (-), is out today (5th May). When announcing the record, he said the record is "opening the trapdoor into my soul. For the first time, I’m not trying to craft an album people will like, I’m merely putting something out that’s honest and true to where I am in my adult life.”