Ed Sheeran found not guilty in Thinking Out Loud copyright case

A US court has ruled that Ed Sheeran did not copy Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On when he composed his 2014 hit, Thinking Out Loud. The heirs of Gaye’s co-writer had argued that Sheeran, Warner Music Group and Sony Music Publishing owed them money for copyright infringement. Sheeran denied the accusations, saying that similarities in the chord progressions and rhythms of the two songs were basic musical building blocks that songwriters must be free to use. Sheeran is also facing claims over Thinking Out Loud from a company owned by investment banker David Pullman that holds copyright interests in the Gaye song.


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