- Ed Sheeran is a popular British singer-songwriter
- He finds himself in court over copyright allegations
- He is accused of ripping off a Marvin Gaye classic
In what seems to be a repeating site, another celebrity found himself in court today. Ed Sheeran took the witness stand in a New York courtroom Tuesday to deny allegations that his hit song "Thinking Out Loud" ripped off Marvin Gaye’s soul classic "Let’s Get It On". Sheeran was called to trial by the heirs of Ed Townsend, Gaye’s co-writer on the 1973 song.
Ed needs to explain himself in court
In its entirety, the suit's argument is that Sheeran violated their copyright, since his 2014 hit bore “striking similarities” and “overt common elements” to the classic Marvin Gaye song.
But there's always another side to the story. Sheeran's defense was quite simple. Simply put: music can sound like other songs. His argument is that songs that are in the same key are easy to come in and out of. As far as him ripping off other songs, Sheeran was quite clear...
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