Ed Sheeran Copyright Trial For ‘Thinking Out Loud’ Finds Jury

After a long-awaited trial, the jury has come to a final decision in regard to the Ed Sheeran copyright infringement case.

The court met at the Manhattan Federal Court where the jury came to the conclusion that Sheeran is not guilty of the accusation that he had ripped off Marvin Gaye’s, Let’s Get It On’ when creating his song, ‘Thinking Out Loud.’

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Sheeran has given a public statement on the most recent events where he claims that ‘just like every artist’, he and his production team work hard to create independent music.

“Like artists everywhere, Amy and I work hard to independently create songs which are often based around real life and personal experience. It’s devastating to be accused of stealing someone else’s songs when we put so much work into our livelihoods,” Sheeran states.

“I’m just a guy with a guitar who loves writing music for people to enjoy. I am not and will never allow myself to be a piggy bank for anyone to shake.” (via NBC News)

What Is Ed Sheeran Getting Sued For?

In 2017, this lawsuit was filed. It all began when Ed Townsend, the writer and producer of Mavin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’, sued Sheeran for using a similar sound in his song ‘Thinking Out Loud.’

Due to COVID-19, there were many setbacks as to when the trial began but finally, on April 24th, 2023, the trial began.

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The pressure for this trial was on. Sheeran had vowed to stop making music if he was found guilty of this offence. He told the NY Post,

“If that happens, I’m done — I’m stopping,” The ‘Photograph’ singer responded.

“I find it really insulting to work my whole life as a singer-songwriter and diminish it.”

Luckily, Sheeran has been found not guilty.

Published By: HOLR Magazine