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By Aaron Katersky and Meredith Deliso, ABC News | Ed Sheeran has defeated a copyright infringement lawsuit involving his Grammy-winning song “Thinking Out Loud” and the Marvin Gaye classic “Let’s Get It On.” A Manhattan jury has found the musician did not engage in willful copyright infringement following a trial that saw Sheeran playing guitar and singing in court.

The jury reached its decision after roughly three hours of deliberations.

Sheeran, seated at the defense table in a suit and tie between his lawyers, hugged his attorneys when the verdict was read.

“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,” Sheeran told reporters outside the courthouse. “But at the same time, I’m unbelievably frustrated that baseless claims like this are allowed to go to court at all.”
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Ed Sheeran On Changing Course With His Latest Album, “Subtract”

By Seth Doane, CBS News Sunday Morning

Pop star Ed Sheeran has been on a stage of a different sort this past week, defending himself in court against a claim of plagiarism. “I’m obviously very happy with the outcome of the case,” he said in New York City on Thursday, “and it looks like I’m not going to have to retire from my day job after all.”

The lawsuit alleged he’d copied parts of Marvin Gaye’s 1973 hit “Let’s Get It On,” with his Grammy-winning song, “Thinking Out Loud.”

When “Sunday Morning” spoke with Sheeran before the trial, near his home in England, his reps did not want him talking about the case.

Doane asked Sheeran, “How is that as an artist, as a creator?”

“I just think it comes with the territory,” he replied, then referenced a publicist off-camera. “Glenn’s getting nervous now! But four chords that get used in pop songs … Glenn, honestly, it’s fine!”

“There’s, like, four chords that get used in pop songs,” Sheeran continued. “And if you just think mathematically, the likelihood of this song having the same chords as this song? There’s multiple, multiple songs. It’s all the same four chords – some of them are like A, B, C …” Sheeran then turned his attention back off-camera. “Dude, I’m a musician. I can f***ing speak about this.

“You are going to get this with every single pop song from now on,” Sheeran stated, “unless it just stops, which I don’t think it does, because it’s a big money business to take things to court. But like, you can only get caught out if you’ve done something wrong. And I’m not. I have not done something wrong. I used four chords that are very common chords to use.”

Doane asked, “Are you cool?”

“Yeah. Yeah. It just, it riles me up, man.”

The verdict was not the only good news for Sheeran this past week. Critics are praising his new album, “Subtract,” released Friday.
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Music helps him process, and at home on the English coast, he finds perspective.
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