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Thinking out loud on composers, craftsmanship and copycats

Postby MrFredPFL » Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:08 pm

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Following this Kat's post about the ongoing case relating to Marvin Gaye's song "Lets Get it on" and Ed Sheeran's "Thinking out loud". Kat friends from the University of Copenhagen have provided their perspective - Jakob Wested, Tenor sax- & Keys, Post doc, Center for Biomedical Innovation Law, University of Copenhagen and Jørgen Blomqvist, Guitar & Song, Affiliate professor, Center for Information and Innovation Law, University of Copenhagen.

Here's what they say:

"Recently, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2015 verdict finding Robin Thicket and Pharell Williams guilty of copyright infringement on Marvin Gaye´s song “Got to Give it Up”. Now another case raised by the Gaye Family has found its way to the court. This time it is Ed Sheeran and his tune “Thinking out Loud” that is in the line of fire for being too inspired by the Marvin Gaye hit “Let’s Get it On”.

Marvin Gaye certainly made great and catchy songs that have been a great inspiration to many musicians for decades. In the recent legal action, it is stated that there are significant aesthetic similarities between Marvin and Ed’s two tunes. It is striking that the recent cases seem to be based on vague, ambiguous and subjective comparisons while objective analysis of the musical elements does not seem to have been sufficiently considered.

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