Ed Sheeran Testified That He Will Quit Music If He Loses The "Thinking Out Loud" Copyright Case

    The singer is defending himself over accusations that his hit song "Thinking Out Loud" copied Marvin Gaye’s "Let’s Get It On."

    There is a lot of news going on right now, so you might not know that Ed Sheeran is currently in the middle of a lawsuit over alleged copyright infringement.

    Closeup of Ed Sheeran walking into a courtroom while wearing a suit and tie

    The lawsuit was brought on by the family of singer-songwriter Ed Townsend, who allege that the first 24 seconds of Sheeran's 2014 hit song "Thinking Out Loud" are "virtually identical" to Marvin Gaye's classic "Let's Get It On" (a song Townsend co-wrote).

    A black-and-white closeup of Ed Townsend in a tuxedo

    This has been a topic of debate for a while now, and a source of countless YouTube videos. This one by Genius does a good job of breaking down the argument:

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    Genius / Via youtube.com

    And yesterday, during the fifth day of the trial, Sheeran took the stand, where he claimed that the disputed chords used in his song were a "common progression," and pointed out that similar chords are used in lots of other songs.

    Ed Sheeran performing onstage

    According to People, when questioned by his lawyer, Ilene Farkas, about what he would do if the court found that "Thinking Out Loud" was indeed too similar to "Let's Get It On," Sheeran replied, "If that happens, I'm done, I'm stopping."

    Closeup of Ed Sheeran

    He then went on to add, "I find it to be really insulting. I work really hard to be where I'm at."

    Closeup of Ed Sheeran

    So, there you have it, this case (depending how it goes) is making Sheeran consider his future in music.

    Ed Sheeran onstage

    And if you're interested, you can read more about landmark copyright song cases over at the New York Times.

    Okay, what do you guys think, is Sheeran really going to quit music? Or do you think this case is just a huge stress and this might have been an emotional response?