A Jury Will Decide If Ed Sheeran Copied Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On"
A US District Judge has rejected Ed Sheeran's request to dismiss a copyright lawsuit against him.
The suit claims that Sheeran's track "Thinking Out Loud" sounds really similar to Marvin Gaye's sexy 1973 hit "Let's Get It On", which was co-written by the late Ed Townsend.
Townsend's estate has gone after Sheeran plus Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Atlantic Records and now Judge Louis Stanton has advised that a jury should decide the matter, Reuters reports.
Stanton's decision found “substantial similarities between several of the two works’ musical elements," noting the bass lines and percussion used in both songs.
While the defence claimed that Sheeran's track has “somber, melancholic tones, addressing long-lasting romantic love” and Gaye's was a "sexual anthem", Judge Stanton said ordinary music fans might classify them as having the same "aesthetic appeal".
Stanton added that Sheeran didn't exactly do himself a favour by performing a handy mashup of both songs in Zurich in 2014.
The judge wrote that a jury “may be impressed by footage of a Sheeran performance which shows him seamlessly transitioning between [the songs]".
Sheeran has always denied that he ripped off the 1973 track but you can take a listen below yourself and see if you can pick up on any similar "aesthetic appeal".
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