Pop Stars are no stranger to controversy and scandals weather it be a cheating allegation or copyright issue. In a latest news the “Thinking Out Loud” and Grammy winner Ed-Sheeran is facing a whopping $100 Million lawsuit on the grounds that he plagiarised his most famous song “Thinking Out Loud” from a 1973 song named Let’s Get It On by artist Marvin Gay.
The Barcelona singer had requested a federal appeals court in Manhattan to dismiss the ongoing copyright lawsuit, but his plea was rejected. The complaint was frivolous, as per Sheeran’s legal team, since the similarities between the two songs did not rise to the level of originality required to warrant protection under copyright law.
His legal counsel contended that the complaint was completely baseless by pointing to other songs, such as “Since I Lost My Baby,” which also include similar tunes and themes.
What Did The Judges Say
But United States district judge Louis Stanton ruled that there wasn’t any “bright-line rule,” so he referred the case against Sheeran to a jury to decide. The court explained his ruling by pointing to a dispute among musicologists.
“There is no bright-line rule that the combination of two unprotectable elements is insufficiently numerous to constitute an original work,” the judge wrote. “A work may be copyrightable even though it is entirely a compilation of unprotectable elements.”
“Although the two musical compositions are not identical, a jury could find that the overlap between the songs’ combination of chord progression and harmonic rhythm is very close,” Stanton continued.
Ed Sheeran Is No Stranger To Lawsuits
The venue for the civil trial is set in the Big Apple. The judge hasn’t scheduled a hearing date yet. The musician’s single “Thinking Out Loud” has already been the subject of many legal disputes. ‘Let’s Get It On co-writer Ed Townsend’s estate was purchased by Structured Asset Sales (SAS), who have now filed a separate lawsuit that has been temporarily put on hold.
The singer has had previous run-ins with copyright issues. Prior to this case, Sheeran had been sued for copyright regarding his 2017 smash single Shape of You. He ultimately triumphed in court and was given over $1 million to cover his legal expenses. Sami Chokri, better known by his pseudonym Sami Switch, as well as record producer Ross O’Donoghue sued the popstar in 2017 on claims that the hook of Sheeran’s single “Shape of You” was plagiarized from their single “Oh Why,” released in 2015.
With over 5.6 billion YouTube views, Shape of You topped the charts as 2017’s most popular digital single worldwide.
The Court’s Ruling in 2017 Case
Based on the facts presented, Judge Antony Zacaroli ruled that Sheeran did not have any prior ideas to write the song before October 2016.
“While there are similarities between the OW (Oh Why) Hook and the OI (Oh I) Phrase, there are also significant differences,” the judge concluded.
“I am satisfied that Mr. Sheeran did not subconsciously copy Oh Why in creating Shape.”
After the ruling was delivered, Ed said on Twitter that he expected it would be the final straw in the ongoing string of false accusations. Unfortunately for Ed Sheeran, he is now dealing with yet another $100 Million lawsuit.