Ed Sheeran appears in court in copyright trial
A Manhattan jury is expected to issue an imminent verdict in Ed Sheeran’s copyright trial.
The British singer-songwriter is being sued by the heirs of Ed Townsend, the musician who composed the 1973 slow jam classic “Let’s Get It On” with Marvin Gaye.
They accused Sheeran’s 2014 song of copying the anthem’s harmonic development as well as melodic and rhythmic elements without permission.
The lawsuit was originally filed in 2017, but it took six years to reach Manhattan federal court.
Sheeran vehemently denies plagiarizing “Let’s Get It On”. His lawyers have argued that the song uses common structures found in many pop songs.
If the “Perfect” singer is found liable for copyright infringement, the trial will enter a second phase to determine the amount of damages he must pay.
He told the court this week that, if he loses, he plans to give up music.
Meanwhile, his father told those who attended Sheeran’s grandmother’s funeral that the singer was “so sad” that he couldn’t attend because he was still in New York due to a copyright lawsuit.
Sheeran missed her grandmother’s funeral in Ireland yesterday due to her trial
Sheeran’s grandmother’s funeral took place in Ireland today. The singer’s father confirmed that his son had to miss the opportunity to attend the ongoing trial in New York.
“I am very sad that our son Edward cannot be here today. He was so sad that he couldn’t be present,” he said.
‘Our son Edward… must stay thousands of miles away in an American courthouse to defend his integrity,’ the father said in his eulogy.
Inga . ParkMay 4, 2023 18:00
The lawyers are back in court
Good morning/afternoon/evening everyone. The juries have begun deliberations and are expected to issue a verdict soon. Plaintiffs’ attorneys were present in court, but no one from the defense (Sheeran’s team) was yet available.
We will keep you updated with the latest information here.
Tom MurrayMay 4, 2023 17:40
Everything you need to know about testing so far
While we await the forthcoming verdict, which is expected to be delivered today, keep up to date with the case summary here:
The singer went to court this week to defend himself against allegations he stole the most popular R&B song of all time.
Inga . ParkMay 4, 2023 17:30
Ed Sheeran reveals plans for posthumous album
Ed Sheeran has revealed plans for a posthumous album.
The 32-year-old singer is about to release her last math album Apart from (-) this week, said he was working on a secret album that will be released after his death.
“I wanted to slowly make this album perfect for the rest of my life, adding songs,” Sheeran said. Rolling Stone. “And just write in my will that after I die, it will appear.”
‘Shape of You’ singer to release last math album Minus (-) in May
Inga . ParkMay 4, 2023 17:00
When will the judgment come?
A source close to Sheeran said independence that judgment is expected today. It could have huge consequences as it was reported that the musician told a court this week that, if he loses, he plans to give up music.
Inga . ParkMay 4, 2023 16:30
Sheeran also faces another lawsuit from the owner of the song Gaye
In the same New York City court, investment banker David Pullman — who owns a third of Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” — is also suing Sheeran for copyright infringement.
A judge ruled last year that the case would also go to trial despite Sheeran’s request for dismissal.
Inga . ParkMay 4, 2023 16:00
Which part of the song is copyrighted?
Given that Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” was released in 1973, it is restricted by copyright law to songs produced before 1978, which for many people only protects the content of music is sent to the Copyright Office.
For Gaye’s national anthem, the only parts protected include chords, lyrics, and vocal melodies. Meanwhile, other important aspects, such as the bass line and the opening riff, have been left out.
Therefore, the lawsuit can really only be a dispute over the chord development between the two songs.
Inga . ParkMay 4, 2023 15:30
Sheeran’s lawyer says case ‘should never have been brought’
It’s time for lawyers on both sides to make final arguments.
Sheeran’s attorney Ilene S Farkas began by saying the trial “should never have been brought up”.
“Ed Townsend did not create these basic musical building blocks. Ed Townsend is not the first musician to use and combine these elements. It’s not original,” she said.
Inga . ParkMay 4, 2023 15:00
Video: Listen to Ed Sheeran’s song ‘Thinking Out Loud’ with Marvin Gaye
Listen to songs at the heart of the test…
Listen to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ with Marvin Gaye
Ellie HarrisonMay 4, 2023 14:30
What other copyright cases has Sheeran been embroiled in?
In 2016, Sheeran faced her first copyright infringement lawsuit, from the pair of musicians behind “Amazing”. The authors sued Sheeran, alleging that his hit “Photograph” copied aspects of their song, which had been performed by The X Factor winner Matt Cardle.
A year later, the case was resolved and the musicians were later added to the attribution of Sheeran’s 2014 track.
In 2017, Sheeran won a second copyright lawsuit against her hit 2017 song “Shape of You”.
Ellie HarrisonMay 4, 2023 13:45