Ed Sheeran is facing trial in America over allegations of copyright infringement.
Sheeran has been accused of copying the late Marvin Gaye’s song “Let’s Get It On” in his 2014 song “Thinking Out Loud”. An application to have the claim dismissed has been denied by the judge. The claim was brought back in 2018 by investment banker David Pullman and a company called Structured Asset Sales (“the Claimants”). The Claimants own a portion of the late Ed Townsend’s estate. Townsend co-wrote the song in issue with Gaye.
The Claimants are seeking £90 million in damages on the grounds Sheeran “copied and exploited [the song] without authorisation or credit”. A representative for the Claimants told Reuters they are “pleased” with the ruling.
This ruling comes less than six months after Sheeran won a High Court copyright battle against Sami Chokri and Ross O’Donoghue over the hit song “Shape of You”. Although that verdict failed in deterring these proceedings, it is to be seen if Sheeran can succeed in the US as he did in the UK.
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