c994d02922b4f232d0dcff70499775a7084fa52a Ed Sheeran has stated that he will quit music if found guilty in the Marvin Gaye plagiarism trial.
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Ed Sheeran has stated that he will quit music if found guilty in the Marvin Gaye plagiarism trial.

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In New York, Ed Sheeran is currently facing charges of copying the well-known song "Let's get it on" by American Marvin Gaye.

Ed Sheeran returned in person to court to defend one of his songs a year after being found not guilty of plagiarism for his massive hit Shape of you. The musician denied plagiarism at his trial in New York on Tuesday, claiming that he didn't use Let's get it on, a song by American Marvin Gaye, for his global smash Thinking out loud.

The claimants are the heirs of American musician and producer Ed Townsend, who collaborated on the song with Marvin Gaye. This timeless song, which was released in 1973, is remembered for its guitar riffs, the attractive vocals of the prince of soul, and the Motown label.

According to the New York Times, when questioned by plaintiffs' attorneys, the 32-year-old British singer and songwriter responded, "Yes, (songwriter) Amy Wadge and I composed the song when working on "Thinking out loud". Now, according to the New York Post, Sheeran stated in court that he'll be "done" if found guilty.


 The artist had earlier entered Manhattan Federal Court with his head lowered and wearing a black suit over a white shirt and a blue tie. He made no eye contact with the bunch of cameras.

Townsend's heirs assert that Thinking Out Loud, which was published in 2014, bears "striking resemblances" in their copyright action. They cite proof that Boyz 2 Men combined the two songs live. The highly distinct vocal timbres of the two hits were chained together live by Ed Sheeran on the same guitar harmonics, creating a sequence that can still be seen online.

The 2016 Grammy Award for Best Song of the Year went to Ed Sheeran's song, which peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, the standard American chart. The same-year-filed complaint against Sony was re-filed in 2017 after initially being dismissed for procedural reasons.

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