Ed Sheeran wins second lawsuit over Thinking Out Loud
Ed Sheeran emerged victorious from a second copyright lawsuit without facing a jury.
The dismissed case was filed by Structured Asset Sales LLC, which accused the singer of lifting elements of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” to create his hit “Thinking Out Loud.”
Earlier this month, Sheeran won a similar copyright lawsuit brought against him by the family of Gaye’s songwriter. He recently credited rapper Eminem for helping him overcome his speech impediment.
Read on to learn more.
Ed Sheeran wins again
Grayling People magazine, Sheeran’s second copyright lawsuit will not have its day in front of a jury, U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton in Manhattan federal court dismissed Tuesday.
The case was filed by Structured Asset Sales LLC, claiming similarities between Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” and Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” suggested the British pop singer had ripped off the classic.
The plaintiff owns a one-third interest in Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,” purchased from the family of co-writer Ed Townsend in 2018.
But in a shocking turn of events, Stanton dismissed the copyright case, ruling that the elements the plaintiff claimed were plagiarized could not be protected under copyright law because they were too familiar.
The ruling comes after Sheeran won court earlier this month over another alleged copyright infringement of Gaye’s 1973 song.
Ed Sheeran ‘frustrated’ by previous copyright lawsuit
The previous copyright case, which Stanton also presided over, reportedly took an emotional toll on Sheeran.
The singer reportedly did not attend his grandmother’s funeral because of the lawsuit, and admitted to the press after the verdict that the ordeal left him “distraught,” despite the verdict being in his favor.
He also shared his gratitude for not having to give up his day job, referring to his vow during the trial to stop playing music if the jury found against him.
The singer noted that the “baseless allegations” behind the copyright lawsuit should never be “taken to court,” adding that it could set a precedent that stifles the “creative freedom of songwriters.”
The judge asked the jury to reach a verdict based on the facts
During the trial, Sheeran’s attorney and the plaintiff presented several pieces of evidence to influence the jury’s decision. Species.
Court-goers were also able to see Sheeran play guitar during one of the court sessions to demonstrate his songwriting process.
When it came time for the jury’s final deliberations, Judge Stanton urged them to make a decision based on the facts: “the evidence is overwhelming … that Sheeran did and did copy ‘Let’s Get It’.”
In the end, the verdict was in Sheeran’s favor, saving him from having to pay up to $100 million to Townsend’s family. He previously won a UK copyright battle claiming he ripped off elements of Sami Chokri’s ‘Oh Why’ from his hit ‘Shape of You’.
Ed Sheeran thanks Eminem for helping him overcome his childhood stutter
Away from his recent legal troubles, Sheeran revealed that famous rap icon Eminem helped him overcome his childhood stutter.
He made the revelation during an appearance on “The Howard Stern Show,” saying that listening to and rapping to Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP” helped him overcome his speech impediment.
“Learning this record and rapping to each other cured my stutter,” Sheeran said of the music project. Insider.
The duo have since collaborated on several songs, including the 2017 chart-topper “River.” Although the two have different musical styles, Sheeran admitted that he developed a relationship with the rap icon.
– I’ve known him for six years and we did three songs together; I played him twice on stage. He’s another person I relate to because he’s still in his hometown and has his ecosystem around him,” Sheeran noted in the interview.