Ed Sheeran faces gay plagiarism trial

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Ed Sheeran (Here the video of the new song Boat) is accused of copying a Marvin Gaye song for his Grammy-winning hit “Thinking Out Loud.” According to the heirs of Ed Townsend, who wrote it with the R&B legend, the song would take up the motif of “Let’s Get It On”. The trial has begun in Manhattan federal court with jury selection to hear Sheeran’s testimony less than two weeks before the new album launch and extensive North American stadium tour.

At the head of the article, watch the video “Ed Sheeran – The Sum of It All, the trailer for the docuseries”

the case

The case, opened in 2017, has been postponed several times. The music industry is very interested in the result. Over the past decade, the business has been rocked by a series of infringement lawsuits involving questions about how much or how little of pop songwriters’ work can be protected by copyright and how vulnerable they are to lawsuits. The prodrome dates back to 2015 when a jury found that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, in their hit “Blurred Lines”, had infringed the copyright of another Gaye song, “Got to Give It Up”, and were sentenced to pay more than $5 million in damages.