Hold on to your hats, folks, because Ed Sheeran is caught up in a juicy lawsuit that claims his hit song “Thinking Out Loud” is a rip-off of Marvin Gaye’s classic tune “Let’s Get It On.” Ed Sheeran’s lawyers have been working hard to get the case dismissed. However, things are getting really spicy; Ed Sheeran threatened to quit music altogether if he’s found guilty of copyright infringement. Talk about a high-stakes game!
Will Ed Sheeran Really Quit Music if Found Guilty of Copyright Infringement?
When Sheeran’s attorney asked what he’d do if he lost the case, he replied, “If that happens, I’m done. I’m stopping… I find it really insulting to work my whole life as a singer-songwriter and diminish it.” Oof, that’s some serious melodrama right there.
But wait, there’s more! Sheeran insists that any similarities between his song and Gaye’s are purely coincidental and not worth suing over. To prove his point, he even serenaded the courtroom with mashups of Van Morrison songs during his testimony. We’re not sure if that was a smart move or a desperate cry for help, but either way, it probably didn’t win him any points with the jury.
The lawsuit was filed by Structured Asset Sales, which owns part of the rights to “Let’s Get It On.” In September 2022, Judge Louis Stanton decided that Sheeran and Structured Asset Sales would have to take their case to a jury, who will ultimately decide if “Thinking Out Loud” is a copycat or just a happy coincidence.
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Now, the question on everyone’s mind is: will Sheeran’s fate impact his “Mathematics Tour,” which is set to start this week? We have no idea, but if you’re interested in attending one of his North American arena gigs or intimate theater shows, you can check for seats and deals on StubHub. Just be warned: prices may be higher than face value depending on demand. But hey, at least you’re guaranteed to not get ripped off thanks to StubHub’s FanProtect program.