Week 8: Media Law

By Aaron Foster

After scouring the internet for sometime to find a case I thought was interesting I settled on a case that involved Ed Sheeran. Now this wasn’t the first time this year Sheeran was sued for copyright infringement but this time he was being sued by the heirs of Ed Townsend who co-wrote “Let’s get it on”, with Marvin Gaye.

According to the lawsuit covered in the article Sheeran copied the ‘heart’ of ‘let’s get it on’ and repeated it throughout his hit song ‘Thinking out loud’. The Townsend family claims that major parts of the melodic, harmonic and rhythmic composition were copied by Sheeran.

Personally I do feel like this was copyright infringement because you can hear the classic Marvin Gaye record throughout the song. I understand sampling a song and what not but to take what Sheeran and did and not give credit isn’t right.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/08/10/ed-sheeran-sued-for-copyright-infringement-for-second-time-this-year/

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