Testimony of Ed Sheeran Trial Interrupted by Plaintiff’s Crash

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Which copyright case Ed Sheeran He is being sued for allegedly removing parts of it. Marvin Gaye“Let’s Get It On” for ‘s own movie “Thinking Out Loud” met with unexpected drama Wednesday afternoon when plaintiff Kathryn Townsend Griffin collapsed to the ground and had to be removed from court, interrupting her normally routine statement.

According to this CNNTownsend Griffin (pictured above left) – the daughter of “Let’s Get It On” co-author Ed Griffin – passed out about two minutes after the Sheeran team cross-examined a musicologist who was brought in to testify that it was an important event. similarity between the two songs

The news channel reported that Townsend Griffin’s eyes were closed and his legs were bent, leading members of both Sheeran and Townsend Griffin’s legal teams rushed to his aid, catching him by the arms and legs, in a midst of shouting, and lifting him to a place where he could seek medical attention. to call 911 before being taken out of court on a stretcher. In total, court proceedings were suspended for approximately 15 minutes before testimony could be resumed.

At the end of the court proceedings, the judge asked about Townsend Griffin and was told he was hospitalized. There were no additional updates on Townsend Griffin’s condition.

After the break, musicologist Alexander Stewart continued his testimony after being cross-examined by Sheeran’s lawyer, Ilene Farkas. While the primary focus of the statement in the case was the melodic similarities or absence thereof, Stewart stated that the two songs “had the same harmonic rhythm” and sounded “very, very similar” in his opinion. ”

According to his testimony earlier in the day, Business ContentLaughter broke out in the courtroom when Stewart showed off the “soulless” AI version of “Let’s Get It On”, what he says are key similarities if you remove grooves and other production elements from the songs. Even Sheeran reportedly chuckled as a computer voice “sang” the sexy words.

Stewart claimed that while playing the recording, both songs repeat the same four chords throughout the entirety. Other music experts who have independently commented on the case have said that only three of the four chords are exactly the same, and that these chords have historically been used in pop songs to underline songs with very different melodies and lyrics.

Townsend Griffin is one of three plaintiffs, along with the estate of Helen McDonald and Ed Griffin’s ex-wife Cherrigale Townsend. Ed Griffin died in 2003; Gaye died in 1984.

Sheeran took the podium on Tuesdayin what is expected to be the first of two statements he made at the hearing. Townsend responded to Griffin’s lawyer by playing a video of Sheeran mixing two songs at the concert: “At many concerts, I mix songs. Many songs have similar chords. You can switch from “Let It Be” to “No Women No Crying” and back. And frankly, if I had done what you’re accusing me of, I’d be stupid enough to stand on a stage in front of 20,000 people and do it.”

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