Ed Sheeran has been found not liable after being accused of ripping off Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On.”
The singer received the verdict on Thursday in a Manhattan federal court after a jury made the decision.
If you’ve been keeping up, the estate of Ed Townsend, co-writer of “Let’s Get it On,” filed a lawsuit alleging Ed Sheeran’s 2014 hit “Thinking Out Loud” stole key elements of the 1973 Marvin Gaye classic — claiming several aspects like the melody and even harmony were a match.
Ed testified during the trial that Marvin’s song was nowhere near his or his co-writer Amy Wadge’s minds when they made “Thinking Out Loud.”
It’s a solid victory for Ed Sheeran who claimed he’d “quit music” if he was found liable.
Take a listen to both songs below. Did the jury make the right decision?