• Ed Sheeran can breathe a sigh of relief
  • He was acquitted in the copyright trial
  • He addresses the press with emotional words

Ed Sheeran has been accused of making his song "Thinking Out Loud", copying it from the song "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye.

The jury in New York decided on Thursday to acquit Ed Sheeran of the alleged copyright infringements. After the verdict was announced, Ed Sheeran addressed the press with emotional words.

Ed Sheeran acquitted of copyright infringement

So he was "very happy" about the result. At the same time he is "incredibly frustrated" that such "baseless allegations" have to be dealt with in court.

"We've spent the last eight years talking about two songs with dramatically different lyrics, melodies and four chords that are also different and used every day by songwriters all over the world," Sheeran said in the press conference after the verdict was announced.

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He says those chords are "common building blocks" that are "part of the songwriter's alphabet, our toolbox". "If the jury decided otherwise, we might as well say goodbye to creative freedom for songwriters," Sheeran adds.

For Ed Sheeran, he said, it was important that "the creative process can continue and we can all just make music again."