Monday, June 17, 2024

Breaking: Ed Sheeran Wins His Copyright Case as Jury Rules in His Favor Versus Marvin Gaye


The New York jury has just ruled that Ed Sheeran didn’t steal his song from Marvin Gaye.

The jury ruled against the estate of Ed Townsend, Gaye’s co-writer of “Let’s Get It On.” The estate said Sheeran ripped off “Let’s Get It On” for his hit, “Thinking Out Loud.”

But Sheeran’s response to the suit was indeed, “Let’s get it on.” He appeared on the stand a couple of times, played the guitar, was ginger spice. The estates couldn’t bring on Gaye or Townsend, and the jury was wowed by a charming rock star celebrity.

Will this discourage future similar cases? Doubtful. And Sheeran, who’s had a lot of these situations, had better start thinking out loud and to himself about future songwriting or he’ll wind up back in court.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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