Ed Sheeran claims he'll quit music altogether if found guilty of plagiarising song

If found guilty of plagiarism, Ed Sheeran has promised to quit the music industry. The Marvin Gaye estate has taken the pop star to court, alleging that he copied one of Gaye's biggest songs.
Sheeran recently took the stand in New York to defend himself against Kathryn Townsend Griffin, daughter of Ed Townsend, who worked on Gaye's 1973 hit 'Let's Get It On.' Griffin claims that Sheeran mimicked the iconic tune when creating his number one hit 'Thinking Out Loud' in 2014, citing "striking similarities" and "overt common elements" that infringe upon their copyright.

Despite the allegations, Sheeran has consistently maintained that he did not plagiarize Gaye's work.
He stated that if he was found to be at fault, he would put an end to his music career. "I'm done, I'm stopping," he informed his lawyer, Ilene Farkas. Sheeran was offended that someone would belittle his life's work as a performer and songwriter.

During the trial, attorney Keisha Rice inquired about his song 'Take It Back', where he used the lyrics 'plagiarism is hidden.' Sheeran attempted to justify his words, but Rice refused to let him elaborate, stating that she would ask for more information if needed.

Rice then showed Sheeran a video of one of his performances where he combined 'Thinking Out Loud' and 'Let's Get It On,' previously referred to as a "smoking gun." Sheeran argued that he occasionally creates medleys of songs with comparable chords at his shows, but Rice stopped him and he stated, "I feel like you don't want me to answer because you know that what I'm going to say is actually going to make quite a lot of sense."
Farkas contended that the two tracks were different and that the complainants should not have exclusive rights to a chord progression and melody.

In an earlier court document, the lawyers stated, "The two songs share versions of a similar and unprotectable [sic] chord progression that was freely available to all songwriters." Meanwhile, Sheeran told the court, "I mix up songs at a lot of gigs. Many songs have similar chords.

You can go from 'Let It Be' to 'No Woman No Cry' and switch back. And quite frankly, if I'd done what you're accusing me of doing, I'd be quite an idiot to stand on a stage in front of 20,000 people and do that." LADbible has contacted Sheeran's representatives, as well as those for Warner Music Group and Sony Music Publishing, for their input.

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