US JUDGE HAS REJECTED ED SHEERAN’S REQUEST TO DROP A COPYRIGHT LAWSUIT AGAINST HIM

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A US judge has rejected Ed Sheeran’s call for a lawsuit accusing him of copying parts of Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On to be dropped.

In his decision released on Thursday, District Judge Louis Stanton said a jury should decide.

He said he found “substantial similarities between several of the two works’ musical elements”.

Sheeran denies ripping off sections of the 1973 classic for his number one hit Thinking Out Loud.

The action has been brought against Sheeran, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Atlantic Records by the estate and heirs of the late producer Ed Townsend, who co-wrote Let’s Get It On with Gaye.