Good news . . . depending on your musical taste: Ed Sheeran does NOT have to retire from music. A jury ruled yesterday that “Thinking Out Loud” is NOT a rip-off of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On”.
But he wasn’t exactly in the mood to celebrate after the verdict. He said, quote, “I’m unbelievably frustrated the basis of claims like this are allowed to go to court at all.
“We’ve spent the last eight years talking about two songs with dramatically different lyrics, melodies and four chords which are also different and are used by songwriters every day all over the world.”
That was just the beginning of a very lengthy statement in which Ed railed against bogus claims of plagiarism, saying they damage the creative process and also weaken LEGITIMATE claims of copyright theft.
He also said he refuses to be a PIGGY BANK, and complained that having to be in New York for the trial caused him to miss his grandmother’s funeral in Ireland.