Judge Rules Against Ed Sheeran Over Plagiarism Controversy, What's Next Now?

Judge Rules Against Ed Sheeran Over Plagiarism Controversy, What’s Next Now?

The worst thing about years-long lawsuits is that they are still there. Nearly three years ago, the family of ‘Let’s Get It On’ co-author Ed Townsend’s book Ed Sheeran for trying to rip off the song in his own single ‘Thinking Out Loud’. The legal Plagiarism controversy remained largely obscure ever since it was filed, and Ed Sheeran also held back on his legal trouble for a long. The US jury, however, is in no mood to let this plagiarism mayhem linger any longer. After a district-level judge rule against Ed Sheeran over the algorithm controversy, the case was transferred to a reasonable jury for resolution.

Ed Sheeran Booked For Allegedly Ripping Off Marvin Gaye’s Classic Song Let’s Get It On

BBC revealed yesterday that District Judge Louis Stanton had rejected Ed Sheeran’s plea for the case dismissal. Stanton has found substantial similarities between Ed Sheeran’s tracks and Marvin Gaye’s. Now it is for the US jury to decide. There are “substantial similarities between several of the two works’ musical elements.” And these might eventually land the singer and songwriter in some dire consequences.

The judge has drawn out several noticeable similarities. But Sheeran insists that he has not copied ‘Thinking Out Loud’ from ‘Let’s Get It On.’ Distributors of the classic 1973  hit song, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Atlantic Records, support Townsend’s heirs in the legal battle.

Stanton also oversees another $100 million lawsuit relating to the same song. Company Structured Asset Sales, which owns part of the copyright in Gaye’s song, has launched this complaint.

The Similarities Between  The Two Songs

The judge field that the bass lines and percussion of the two songs are nearly congruent. He also quoted that said listeners might consider the songs to have an “aesthetic appeal.” He disagreed over whether Gaye’s song’s harmonic and rhythmic composition was too typical to merit copyright protection.

Multiple Plagiarism Controversies For Ed Sheeran

Sheeran has previously been involved in infringement issues too. In 2017 Sheeran settled a $20m copyright infringement claim against him in the US over his hit song Photograph. Also in 2017, Ed Sheeran had to give the team behind TLC’s 1999 single No Scrubs writing credits on Shape of You. It came after critics and fans made comparisons between elements of the songs. These controversies are not something unusual in the entertainment industry either.

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