Ed Sheeran, Marvin Gaye Copyright Lawsuit Will Go to Jury

Brenda Watkins
January 6, 2019

District Judge Louis Stanton rejected Sheeran's request to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses the performer of copying certain aspects of Gaye's song "Let's Get It On" in "Thinking Out Loud", The Guardian reported.

NY federal judge Louis Stanton rejected on Thursday Sheeran's request to dismiss the lawsuit, ruling that that a jury should decide the singer's liability and the associated music companies behind "Thinking Out Loud".

The Superstar, his Co-Songwriter and his record company, among other things, rhythm and melody of the Gaye is accused of Songs "Let's Get It On", 1973-for his Hit "Thinking Out Loud".

"Thinking Out Loud" features "somber, melancholic tones, addressing long-lasting romantic love", Sheeran's defense reportedly has argued.

But Judge Stanton said they could be viewed as having the same "aesthetic appeal".

Let's get this lawsuit on.

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Judge Stanton is presiding over two lawsuits alleging Sheeran copied Let's Get It On.

Songwriters Thomas Leonard and Martin Harrington had sued the singer in 2016, claiming his hit ballad had a similar structure to their song awesome.

Stanton is also overseeing a separate $100 million case over the same song, launched in June 2018 by US-based Structured Asset Sales (SAS), which part-owns the copyright for "Let's Get It On".

Three of the late soul icon's kids already have a major win under their belts after being awarded millions over similarities between Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit Got to Give It Up and Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines.

The Gaye family are also entitled to 50 percent of all future song royalties.

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