Ed Sheeran said, “If I’d done what you’re accusing me of doing, I’d be an idiot. It is my belief that most pop songs are built on building blocks that have been freely available for 100s of years.”
A new update from the ongoing lawsuit filed by Marvin Gaye on Ed Sheeran has a lot more to say yet. A lawyer has accused Sheeran as he confessed that he copied the song in his concert.
The lawsuit was made back in 2017 when Ed Townsend, co-writer of Marvin Gaye’s track ‘Let’s Get It On’ accused the pop icon from Britain of copying the track in his hit song, ‘Think Out Loud’.
Now the case is taken to court, it is found that Ed Sheeran with his co-writer Amy Wadge copied the rhythm of the 1973 track with an ascending 4-chord sequence which violates the music copyright law.
During the case, the pop singer’s attorney Irene Farkas told that Sheeran wrote the “heartfelt song without copying” Marvin Gaye and featured elements used in pop music. However, the prosecution lawyer retaliated by saying that Ed Sheeran “confessed” to infringing the song when he mashed up two songs in his show.
Sheeran also had something to say on the ongoing allegation against him, “If I’d done what you’re accusing me of doing, I’d be an idiot to stand on stage in front of 20,000 people.” He further said, “It is my belief that most pop songs are built on building blocks that have been freely available for 100s of years.”
In his opinion, the song held the emotion of love between his grandparents, and it is common in pop music to “fit over” others. Despite he tried last year to dismiss the lawsuit, he could not do it. His lawyers argued that the song claimed to be infringed is too common to be protected by copyright.