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The lion’s share of attention to copyright-infringement claims against Ed Sheeran over his 2016 Grammy-winning Song of the Year “Thinking Out Loud” recently focused on the trial in New York federal court, presided over by Southern District of New York federal Judge Louis L. Stanton, in which a jury found in Sheeran’s favor in the lawsuit brought by the heirs of Ed Townsend, co-author of the 1970s soul-song classic “Let’s Get It On” (LGO) with Marvin Gaye. Griffin v. Sheeran, 18-1862.

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