British singer Ed Sheeran, has won the civil trial over copyright infringement case on Marvin Gaye’s song ‘Let’s Get It On‘, against him.

Jurors, after hours of deliberations, unanimously agreed that he did not copy Marvin Gaye’s 1973 song for his 2014 track, “Thinking out loud

Sheeran, after the verdict said,
“I feel like the truth was heard and the truth was believed”.
“It’s nice that we can both move on with our lives now — it’s sad that it had to come to this.”

He further explained,
I’m obviously very happy with the outcome of the case, and it looks like I’m not having to retire from my day job after all. But at the same time, I am unbelievably frustrated that baseless claims like this are allowed to go to court at all,”…

He concluded that, “If the jury had decided this matter the other way, we might as well say goodbye to the creative freedom of songwriters. We need to be able to write our original music and engage in independent creation without worrying every step of the way that such creativity will be wrongly called into question.”

Gaye’s co-writer, had alleged in a 2017 lawsuit that Sheeran’s song, ‘Thinking Out Loud’, had ‘overt common elements’ and ‘striking’ to the classic “Let’s Get it On”, while Sheeran’s team argued in a court filing, that any similarities are a coincidence.

Story: Folashade Akinola