After his victory in the “Thinking Out Loud” copyright infringement lawsuit, Ed Sheeran is speaking out about his experience.
Sheeran spoke about the experience on the CBS Sunday Morning show, speaking candidly with Seth Doane about the case. During the interview, Doane asked Sheeran how he felt when he first learned he was being sued for copyright infringement on the song. “I think it just comes with the territory,” Sheeran says of learning about the lawsuit.
“There’s like four chords that get used in pop songs. And if you just think mathematically the likelihood of this song having the same chords as this song—there’s multiple, multiple songs—it’s all the same four chords; you are going to get this with every single pop song from now on,” Sheeran continues.
“Unless it just stops, which I don’t think it does because it’s a big money business to take things to court But you can only get caught out if you’ve done something wrong, and I have not done something wrong. I used four chords that are very common chords to use,” the singer continues.
“It’s about heart and integrity, and that’s why I fought it was; I can’t be accused of something that I didn’t do. So I just had to prove that,” Sheeran said when the case resolved favorably for him in court. Sheeran previously testified that if he lost this case, he would quit music for good.
“I am obviously very happy with the outcome of the case and it looks like I am not having to retire from my day job after all,” the singer joked about that comment. “But at the same time I’m unbelievably frustrated that baseless claims like this are allowed to go to court at all.” Sheeran said it was devastating to be accused of stealing someone else’s song when he considers himself as “just a guy with a guitar who loves writing music.”