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Ed Sheeran Wins ‘Thinking Out Loud’ Copyright Trial

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Ed Sheeran prevailed in a lawsuit claiming that his song “Thinking Out Loud” copied Marvin Gaye’s song “Let’s Get It On”.

Structured Asset Sales, an entity that owns part of the copyright to “Let’s Get It On” co-writer Ed Townsend, filed a copyright infringement claim in 2018. Sheeran’s lawyers tried to dismiss the case, arguing that similar items between “Thinking Were Out” Loud” and “Let’s Get It On” are too popular to constitute copyright infringement.

Sheeran has also staunchly insisted that any similarities between his 2014 song and Gaye’s 1973 song are purely coincidental; He reportedly “compiled various courtroom collections of Van Morrison songs” during his testimony to defend his point, and even said he would “finish” the music if he was found guilty: “I’m stopping.” When asked what he would do if the plaintiffs won the case. “I find it really insulting to have been working my whole life as a singer-songwriter and being reduced to it.”


In September 2022, Judge Louis Stanton decided that Sheeran and the structured asset sales would have to argue their points before the jury, who would then decide whether Thinking Out Loud split from Let’s Get Started.

Sheeran’s “math tour” is still scheduled to begin this week. The North American track consisted of stage gigs as well as a handful of intimate theatrical performances. Check out seats and deals via StubHub, orders are 100% guaranteed with StubHub’s FanProtect Program. StubHub is a secondary market ticketing platform, and prices may be above or below face value, depending on demand.

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