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.