Ed Sheeran Cleared of Plagiarism Accusations Over Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’
A Manhattan district court has cleared British pop artist Ed Sheeran of all charges in a case filed by the estate of Marvin Gaye.
By Omotayo Olutekunbi
When the estate of late R&B great Marvin Gaye brought the Grammy-winning musician before a Manhattan court for alleged copying of the artist’s 1973 album “Let’s Get It On,” the Grammy winner found himself at the center of yet another legal dispute.
U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton stated on May 3, 2023, that a jury should determine if the hit creator is responsible to the Marvin Gaye estate and the heirs of the late producer Ed Townsend, who co-wrote the song with Gaye.
If the jury finds him guilty, Ed Sheeran has even gone so far as to announce that he will stop making music.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Atlantic Records, the companies that handled the music’s release, are the additional parties named as defendants in the lawsuit.
On May 4, 2023, the jury exonerated him of plagiarism charges for using the Marvin Gaye song “Thinking Out Loud” in his hugely successful international single.
Ed Sheeran can now avoid the fate of Robin Thicke and Pharrell William, who was ordered by a US court to pay the Marvin Gaye estate $5 million for allegedly copying the late singer in their number-one hit “Blurred Lines,” after being found innocent of any wrongdoing.
The British megastar won’t give up music anytime soon, which will be good news for fans.
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