Why a Judge is Forcing Ed Sheeran to Face Charges

Ed Sheeran is heading to court over claims he copied parts of Marvin Gaye’s classic “Let’s Get It On” on “Thinking Out Loud”.

According to Reuters, a U.S. judge has rejected Sheeran’s request to dismiss the lawsuit brought against him by the estate and heirs of Ed Townsend, who co-wrote “Let’s Get It On” with Gaye.

In a decision made public, Judge Louis Stanton said he found “substantial similarities between several of the two works’ musical elements,” including their bass lines and percussion.” Judge Stanton also pointed to performance footage of Sheeran “seamlessly transitioning between [the songs]” as further reason for why the originality of “Thinking Out Loud” is in question.

The case will now go before a jury who will decide whether the harmonic rhythm of “Let’s Get It On” is too common to deserve copyright protection and, if not, whether Sheeran violated its copyright.

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