Popular singer Ed Sheeran is currently making headlines after allegations surfaced that his hit song “Thinking Out Loud” was copied from Marvin Gaye’s soul classic “Let’s Get It On.” On Tuesday, the singer went to court in New York to deny the allegations, where he was called by the heirs of Ed Townsend, Gaye’s co-writer of the 1973 song. For the inexperienced, the family has accused Sheeran of violating their copyright. claiming that his 2014 hit had “striking similarities” and “overt shared elements” with Gaye’s popular song. However, the singer has rebuked the allegations against him, but assured that if the jury finds him guilty, he will retire from music.
Ed Sheeran quits music when he is found guilty
Sheeran’s lawyer reportedly revealed that the singer vowed: “If that happens I’m done, I’m quitting. I find it really insulting to dedicate my entire life to being an artist and a songwriter and have someone diminish it. Sheeran was quoted in court as saying, “I would be an idiot to get on a stage in front of 20,000 people and do that. Most pop songs fit over most pop songs… You could go from Let it Be to No Woman , No Cry and switch back”, referencing songs by the Beatles and Bob Marley.
What part of the music is claimed as copyright?
The melodies, chord structures and lyrics of the two songs are all that are at issue in the complaint against Sheeran, not the exact recordings. In the case of “Let’s Get It On”, the only elements of the notation were chords, words, and a vocal melody. The song’s bassline and signature opening guitar riff were also missing, along with other key elements. As a result, the case mostly revolves around the nearly identical (but not quite identical) chord progressions of the two songs.
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