Published: Sun, January 06, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

U.S. judge orders Ed Sheeran to face plagiarism lawsuit

U.S. judge orders Ed Sheeran to face plagiarism lawsuit

A jury is set to decide if British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran copied Marvin Gaye's song Let's Get It On when he created his smash single Thinking Out Loud.

Judge Stanton said that he found "substantial similarities between several of the two works' musical elements".

The defense has argued that the newer track was characterized by "sombre, melancholic tones, addressing long-lasting romantic love", while Let's Get It On was a "sexual anthem".

Compare "Thinking Out Loud" and "Let's Get It On" yourself below.

Sheeran, 27, denies copying the song.

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The lawsuit names Sheeran, his co-writer Amy Padge, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Atlantic (Ed's record label) as defendants.

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The singer, who grew up in Framlingham, profusely rejects the claim that he copied Gaye's song.

In the most recent filing, Stanton said he was unsure which view the jury will side with, but that it may be "impressed by footage of a Sheeran live performance which shows him seamlessly transitioning between "Let's Get It On" and "Thinking Out Loud".

Sheeran and the record companies are yet to respond to Judge Stanton's ruling.

Ed has also been accused of plagiarism over his songs "Photograph" and "Shape Of You" in the past.

In 2017, according to the Guardian, Sheeran settled out of court over claims his song Photograph was a "note-for-note" copy of a song called awesome by UK X Factor victor Matt Cardle.

Ed Sheeran poses for photographers upon arrival at the Brit Awards 2018 in London.

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