Ed Sheeran has won a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by the family of Marvin Gaye. The lawsuit alleged that Sheeran’s 2014 hit song “Thinking Out Loud” copied elements of Gaye’s 1973 song “Let’s Get It On.”
A jury in New York City deliberated for about three hours before finding Sheeran not liable for copyright infringement. Sheeran testified during the trial that he did not copy Gaye’s song and that any similarities between the two songs were coincidental.
The verdict is a victory for Sheeran and his team of lawyers. It also sets a precedent for future copyright infringement cases. In the past, courts have been reluctant to find artists liable for copyright infringement unless there is clear evidence of copying.
The verdict is a setback for the Gaye family, who had hoped to win a large settlement from Sheeran. The family’s lawyer said they were “disappointed” with the verdict but that they would continue to fight for Gaye’s legacy.
The case has drawn attention to the issue of copyright infringement in the music industry. In recent years, there have been a number of high-profile lawsuits alleging that popular songs have copied elements of older songs. The Sheeran case is a reminder that even the biggest stars in the music industry are not immune to copyright infringement lawsuits.