Ed Sheeran faces $100 million grand jury trial over Thinking Out Loud copyright claim

T he evaluated in By Ed Sheeran trial the copyright of his hit song Think big informed of the need for a trial by jury.

Sheeran allegedly used melodious, harmonic, rhythmic, instrumental and dynamic elements in Marvin Gaye’s classic song, Let’s start, released in 1973, on his 2014 hit.

In the latest development, Judge Louis Stanton ruled that a $100 million ($152 million) jury trial was required.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - June 5: Ed Sheeran performs during the Platinum competition on June 5, 2022 in London, England.  Elizabeth II's Platinum Celebration is being held from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne on June 6. 2, 1952. (Photo by Leon Neal - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
Sheeran’s case will be heard by jury. (Getty)

“There is no clear rule that the combination of two indefensible elements is not sufficient to form an original work,” the judge said, according to Billboards.

“A work can be copyrighted even though it is purely a synthesis of indefensible elements.”

The lawsuit first began in 2016, when the property of the song’s late co-writer, Ed Townsend, was sued. Sheeranalthough the claim was refuted a year later.

But in 2018, the Townsend family sold a third of their shares in the Let’s start to Structured Asset Sale, they later relaunched the lawsuit for a reported $100 million.

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Musician Ed Sheeran arrives at Rolls Building, High Court in central London, Tuesday, March 15, 2022. Musicians Sami Chokri and Ross O'Donoghue declare the 2017 hit song
Ed Sheeran during “Shape of You”. (AP)

David Pullman, owner of Structured Asset Sales, commented Billboards that he’s “delighted” that a jury will hear the case, saying he “looks forward to more success in this largest piracy-related case in history.”

This is not the only time the female singer has been involved in a copyright controversy.

Sheeran previously underwent a plagiarism trial for his 2017 hit Your shape Ultimately won the trial in April and was awarded more than $1 million in legal fees.

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