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Ed Sheeran, Won The Copyright Case

The pop star was accused of copying the 1973 classic for her 2014 hit "Thinking Out Loud." He described the chords in both songs as "simple building blocks".

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Ed Sheeran Won The Copyright Case : A federal jury found on Thursday that pop singer Ed Sheeran did not copy Marvin Gaye’s classic “Let’s Get It On” for his 2014 hit “Thinking Out Loud,” in the music industry’s highest-profile copyright case in years.

Over two weeks in a downtown Manhattan courtroom, Mr. Sheeran, one of music’s biggest global hitmakers, testified — often with guitar in hand — that “Thinking Out Loud” was composed independently in one evening with his friend and longtime collaborator Amy Waze.

The song, he said, was inspired by the decades of love he and Ms. Waze saw in their family elders.

The two tracks share a similar syncopated chord pattern that the family of Ed Townsend, Gaye’s co-writer, who filed the lawsuit, called the “heart” of “Let’s Get It On.” Mr. Sheeran and his lawyers have never denied that the chords in the two songs are similar, but have called them simple musical building blocks that have turned into dozens of other songs.

The jury, which deliberated for about three hours, found that Mr Sheeran produced his songs independently.

“I’m just a guy with a guitar who likes to write music for people’s enjoyment,” he added. “I am not and will not allow myself to be a piggy bank to shake anyone down.”

After the verdict was read shortly after 1pm, Mr Sheeran stood up and hugged members of his legal team. He then approached Mr Townsend’s daughter Catherine Griffin Townsend and hugged her too. The two spoke briefly.

Afterward, Miss Townsend said she respected the jury’s decision and that she protected her father’s legacy.

“I stand for my father’s intellectual traits,” she said. “I was up against an army.”

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