Ed Sheeran won’t be able to jump on trial over an alleged copyright infringement claim.
The singer is accused of copying parts of Marvin Gaye’s 1973 hit Let’s Get It On for his song Thinking Out Loud. Now, he’s reportedly being sued for a hundred million US dollars.
A US District Judge in New York will summon all parties involved in the case. However, Sheeran will have to wait until the ruling for a similar case between Led Zeppelin and Spirit is decided. Judge Louis L. Stanton jokingly tells Sheeran to “Take the summer off!”.
The family of late Let’s Get It On co-writer Ed Townsend claims that Sheeran profited off copying “the melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bass line, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and looping” of Gaye’s sexy chart-topping track.
The Shape of You hitmaker denies all claims and a US jury will decide the trial’s outcome. However, Judge Stanton revealed that the case could be delayed until next year. If the Led Zeppelin trial goes all the way to the Supreme Court, that is.
Sheeran denies the claims and a jury will decide the outcome but Judge Stanton has now suggested the case could run into 2020 if the Led Zeppelin one goes all the way to the Supreme Court – the highest court in the USA.
The Led Zeppelin case alleges that the band ripped off from a lesser known one. Spirit band members Jimmy Page, Rober Plant, and company claims their track Taurus is the track where the intro to Stairway to Heaven was borrowed.
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