Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud plagiarism lawsuit on hold pending outcome of Led Zeppelin Stairway To Heaven retrial
Ed Sheeran is going to have to wait for his day in court over claims he plagiarized Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On for his hit Thinking Out Loud.
A judge in New York has scrapped a jury trial set for September because he wants to see the outcome of a retrial of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven copyright lawsuit before proceeding.
With the Led Zeppelin case set for September, it could be 2020 before Sheeran’s case moves forward, RollingStone.com reported.
New ruling: A jury trial scheduled for September in NYC for a lawsuit alleging Ed Sheeran plagiarized Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On for his hit Thinking Out Loud has been put on hold
The legendary English rock band formed in 1968 has been locked in a legal battle for years with the Californian band Spirit which claims the famous instrumental opening of Stairway to Heaven is a rip-off of its 1968 track Taurus.
In 2016, a jury found that there were no obvious similarities between the two songs but were not allowed to hear the tracks, only see the sheet music for them.
An appeals court later found that the jury had had a ‘misunderstanding’ of copyright law and ordered a fresh trial.
The lawsuit against Sheeran was brought by the estate and heirs of the late producer Ed Townsend, who co-wrote Let’s Get It On with Gaye.
In May, Manhattan District Judge Louis Stanton rejected Sheeran’s request to dismiss the lawsuit and ruled there were ‘substantial similarities between several of the two works’ musical elements’.
Accused of copying: The lawsuit against Sheeran was brought by the estate and heirs of the late producer Ed Townsend, who co-wrote Let’s Get It On with Gaye, pictured in 1981
Precedent: A Manhattan judge wants to wait on a retrial of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven copyright lawsuit before proceeding with the Sheeran suit. Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, pictured in 2012, are accused by California band Spirit of ripping off their track Taurus
Let’s Get It On was released in 1973 while Sheeran’s Grammy-winning Thinking Out Loud was included on his X album in 2014.
Sheeran’s co-writer Amy Padge, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and the Atlantic record label are also named defendants in the suit.
Sheeran, 27, denies copying Gaye.
In 2017, the British recording artist settled out of court after he was accused in a $20 million lawsuit of plagiarizing former X Factor winner Matt Cardle’s 2012 song Amazing for his hit Photograph.
The songwriting team behind TLC’s Scrubs was also added to the writing credits of his 2017 hit Shape Of You after it was noted there were similarities in the elements of the two songs.
Denial: Sheeran, 27, denies copying Gaye’s 1973 track for his Grammy-winning Thinking Out Loud which was included on his X album in 2014
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