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Ed Sheeran emerges victorious in copyright battle over hit song 'Thinking Out Loud'

Updated: Jun 26, 2023

Ed Sheeran has emerged victorious in a closely watched legal battle over whether his hit song “Thinking Out Loud” infringed on the copyright of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On.” In a federal trial, Sheeran and his co-writer Amy Wadge were accused of using a similar chord progression to Gaye’s 1973 hit. However, the jury ultimately ruled in favor of Sheeran. The defense successfully argued that the disputed chords were part of a songwriter’s toolkit that had been used in numerous songs before.

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