What could lead Ed Sheeran to quit the Music Industry once and for all? The Copyright drama behind!

With four Grammys and seven BRITs under his belt, Ed Sheeran has been one of the most successful singers in recent times. Last year, he along with Johnny McDaid were honored with European Song of the Year Award for their global hit ‘Bad Habits’ at the BMI London Awards.

The renowned singer is again in the limelight but this time, it’s about a lawsuit which was filed against him back in 2016. The lawsuit was filed against the 32-year old British musician by the family of “Lets Get It On” co-writer Ed Townsed. He has been accused of infringing the copyrights of Marvin Gaye’s iconic by stealing parts of the song and using it in his own award-winning track “Thinking Out Loud”. 

He was accused of stealing the “heart” of ‘Lets’ and repeating it throughout ‘Thinking’ continuously. 

Recent Developments in the Lawsuit

During the recent trials, the popular songwriter has been grilled extensively by the attorney’s of Ed Townsed’s daughter Kathryn Townsed Griffin who brought the suit against the singer. The singer was also reported to agitatedly rebutting the claim made by Kathryn’s attorney that he performed a mashup of Gaye’s 1973 classic and his own song at a 2014 concert which clearly amounted to “confession”. 

Singer Ed Sheeran arrives at Manhattan Federal Court for his copyright trial in New York City, U.S., April 25, 2023. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

The singer rebuffed the claim, arguing, if he did that standing on a stage, in front of 20,000 people, he would be an idiot. He further claimed that it is not unusual while playing a song live, it fits in the same key as other songs. Also he added, most pop songs revolve around the same three or four chords.

The Shape of You singer, argued that the chord progression -1-3-4-5-  which has been claimed by the plaintiff to have been violated, belongs to a very common theme in pop songs. He asserted further, giving The Beatles’ “Let It Be” as a particular reference, that artists often mash songs together.  

Ed Sheeran against Jury deliberation of the matter

A trial is underway in Manhattan Federal Court, where the lawyers of Ed Sheeran have strongly argued against the Jury decision in the lawsuit matter and asserted the Judge to toss out the copyright lawsuit  as no direct evidence has been provided by the plaintiff side to support their accusation.

Judge Louis Stanton said that the matter will not be decided until the defense in this particular matter completes their argument before the Court. 

Sheeran claims accusations regarding plagiarism ‘heartbreaking’

The singer-songwriter has vowed to leave the Music Industry forever if the accusation against him comes out to be true, as reported by his lawyers’ note to the media. As per his lawyers, the singer has claimed this lawsuit to be really insulting to have given his whole life to be a singer and a performer, and someone diminish it. 

Kathryn Townsend Griffin, daughter of singer and songwriter Ed Townsend, speaks outside New York Federal Court during a copyright infringement trial against singer Ed Sheeran, Wednesday, April 26, 2023, in New York.

Kathryn Townsend Griffin, daughter of singer and songwriter Ed Townsend, speaks outside New York Federal Court during a copyright infringement trial against singer Ed Sheeran, Wednesday, April 26, 2023, in New York. (Source: CNN)

Kathryn Townsed has claimed $100 million in compensation from the defendant party if the decision of the court comes out in her favor. 

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