Ed Sheeran, the famous singer and songwriter, has won a court case in the United States after being accused of copying a Marvin Gaye song. The song in question was Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On, which was released in 1973.
Ed Sheeran’s song, Thinking Out Loud, was released in 2014 and became a huge hit around the world. A company called Structured Asset Sales, which partly owned the rights to the Marvin Gaye song, accused Ed Sheeran of copying parts of it when he wrote his own song. They claimed he had used parts of the older song without giving credit or paying any money to Marvin Gaye or his co-writer.
However, a US court has now ruled that Ed Sheeran did not copy Let’s Get It On when he wrote Thinking Out Loud. Ed Sheeran and his co-writer, Amy Wadge, were found to have created their song independently, which means they wrote it on their own and did not copy anything from the older song.
Ed Sheeran was very happy with the decision and said he was frustrated that “baseless claims like this are allowed to go to court at all”. He also said that he would never allow himself to be a “piggy bank” for anyone to shake.
Before the trial, Ed Sheeran had said that he would give up his music career if found guilty. However, he will now be able to continue making music and fans around the world will be happy to hear this news.