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Artist and songwriter Ed Sheeran's attempt to have a copyright infringement claim dismissed has been denied by a New York district court judge.


  • The claim was made by the heirs of Edward B. Townsend, who cowrote the track Let's Get It On with soul legend Marvin Gaye in 1973.

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  • Details the application for summary judgement by the artist Ed Sheeran in a copyright infringement case.
  • Explains why the judge in the case refused the summary judgement application.

Key questions answered

  • On what grounds did Ed Sheeran attempt to have a copyright infringement claim dismissed?
  • Why was the application denied, and what happens now?

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  • Summary
  • Ed Sheeran and the rise in music plagiarism claims
  • A new year and a new court case
  • Commonplace musical elements and substantial similarity


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