Ed Sheeran, one of the most popular and successful musicians of the last decade, has revealed that he may end his music career if he is found guilty of copyright infringement. The revelation comes as Sheeran is currently battling a lawsuit that accuses him of sampling Marvin Gaye’s 1973 hit song, “Let’s Get It On,” in his 2015 chart-topping hit, “Thinking Out Loud.”
The lawsuit, which was filed by the Estate of Ed Townsend, who co-wrote “Let’s Get It On” with Gaye, claims that Sheeran’s song has striking similarities to Gaye’s track, including its melody, harmony, and rhythm. Sheeran has denied the allegations, but the case is ongoing.
In a recent interview with a British newspaper, Sheeran discussed the impact that the lawsuit has had on him and his music career. He said, “I do think that the mood music of this lawsuit affects the creative process, and I just think one lawsuit would make me never want to write songs again.”
This is not the first time that Sheeran has been accused of copyright infringement. In 2017, he was sued by the writers of the song, Amazing for alleged similarities between that song and his hit song, Photograph. However, Sheeran settled the case out of court for an undisclosed amount.
The outcome of Sheeran’s current lawsuit remains to be seen, but it serves as a reminder of the importance of respecting intellectual property rights in the music industry. As the popularity of streaming services and digital downloads continues to grow, so too does the potential for copyright infringement.
Musicians and other creative’s must be mindful of the legal implications of their work and take steps to ensure that they are not infringing on the rights of others. This may involve seeking legal advice, obtaining licenses for samples or other copyrighted material, or simply being more careful about the originality of their work.