Copyright case

US jury sides with Ed Sheeran in 'Let's Get It On' copyright trial

The jury determined that heirs of 'Let's Get It On' songwriter Ed Townsend had not proven that Sheeran, his label Warner Music Group and his music publisher Sony Music Publishing had infringed their copyright interest in the Gaye song.

Reuters reports Sheeran hugged his attorneys in the courtroom after the verdict was read.

'I'm done' - Ed Sheeran to quit music if he loses copyright case

When asked if what would happen if he loses the trial yesterday, Sheeran gave an emphatic answer from the witness stand.

“If that happens, I’m done – I’m stopping,” the New York Post reports Sheeran said. “I find it really insulting to work my whole life as a singer-songwriter and diminish it.”

It comes as Sheeran said he's heard from other singers since the trial began last week because they share his worries about litigation resulting from their songwriting.

Judge rejects Ed Sheeran's appeal of copyright lawsuit

Gaye's 'Let's Get It On' was released in 1973, and Sheeran released number-one hit 'Thinking Out Loud' in 2013.

US District Judge Louis Stanton said a jury should decide the outcome of the lawsuit, but said he found "substantial similarities between several of the two works' musical elements".

The suit was brought against Sheeran, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and Atlantic Records by the estate of the late Ed Townsend, who co-wrote the Gaye hit.

Sheeran denies ripping off the song.