Let’s Get It On, But Only When Warranted

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Let’s Get It On, But Only When Warranted

I was relieved to hear that Ed Sheeran won his recent copyright trial. As you probably know, the family of the songwriter Ed Townsend sued Ed Sheeran, alleging that Sheeran’s song “Thinking Out Loud” infringed on the copyright of the Marvin Gaye song “Let’s Get It On”, of which Townsend was a co-writer.

Townsend’s family asserted that part of Sheeran’s song’s chord progression, not the melody, not the lyrics, was too similar to “Let’s Get It On”. In recent years certain copyright holders of songs have been emboldened by trials, often based on dubious claims, that have ruled in their favor. Some of these trials have been initiated by the relatives of songwriters who are no longer alive.

It was good to see that the pendulum has swung back towards the rights of current songwriters, and a more realistic analysis of song copyrights. As Ed Sheeran himself said, the complaint never should have been allowed to go to trial. For now, songwriters throughout the world can continue to practice their trade without the constant threat of groundless lawsuits.

May 11, 2023

ご存知のとおり、ソングライターのエド・タウンゼントの家族は、エド・シーランの曲「Thinking Out Loud」が、マーヴィン・ゲイの曲「Let’s Get It On」(エド・タウンゼントとマーヴィン・ゲイによる共作。2人とも他界)の著作権を侵害していると主張し、エド・シーランを訴えました。

タウンゼントの家族は、シーランの楽曲のメロディーや歌詞ではなく、【コード進行の一部が「Let’s Get It On」に酷似している】と主張しました。


2023年 5月 11日