Popular British singer and songwriter, Ed Sheeran will stand trial in the US over claims of him copying his 2014 hit ‘Thinking Out Loud’ from Marvin Gaye’s 1973 classic ‘Let’s Get It On’.
The U.S. District Judge, Louis Stanton, in Manhattan has denied Sheeran’s bid to wave aside the copyright infringement suit, stating that a jury should decide on whether the two songs are substantially similar.
This news comes after Sheeran, aged 31, and his co-songwriters were awarded over £900,000 in legal costs, back in June after winning their UK High Court copyright trial over the hit song ‘Shape of You’ in March.
After that ruling six months ago, Sheeran spoke out against the ‘baseless claims’ being brought against singer-songwriters.
Judge Stanton on Thursday, September 29, announced that Sheeran will face trial in the US amid claims that ‘Thinking Out Loud’ is copied from Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’.
Judge Stanton also said that a jury would be deciding on whether the two songs are substantially similar because music pundits on both sides of the dispute have disagreed on whether Sheeran’s song mimics Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On.’