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If his "Thinking Out Loud" copyright action is unsuccessful, Ed Sheeran claims he will stop music

The estate of Ed Townsend, who collaborated with Marvin Gaye on the song "Let's Get It On," is suing the British musician for infringement.

When accused of taking lyrics from Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get it On" to create his song "Thinking Out Loud," Ed Sheeran made it seem as though he threatened to leave the music business if the case for copyright infringement is unsuccessful.

The English singer-songwriter testified on Monday in New York, calling the accusations "really insulting," claiming that the chords in question are a "common progression" that is utilized in numerous compositions.

According to PEOPLE, Sheeran responded, "If that happens, I'm done, I'm stopping," when Sheeran's lawyer Ilene Farkas questioned him about what he would do if the jury found that "Thinking Out Loud" was a copy of Gaye's 1973 hit. "I think it's incredibly offensive. I put a lot of effort into being where I am.

Sheeran's representatives did not immediately respond to EW's request for more information.

The estate of Ed Townsend, who co-wrote "Let's Get It On" with Gaye, brought the complaint against Sheeran in 2017 and claimed that his 2014 composition contained "striking similarities" and "overt common elements" to "Let's Get It On" that breach copyright. Amy Wage, who also testified in court and co-wrote the Grammy-winning song with Sheeran, called the charges of intellectual property theft "devastating" and "frightening because it's something we did not do."

Wage admitted during her testimony that she never received formal instruction in how to play the guitar and that she had previously used the same "basic" chord progression in another song, according to CNN. Wage stated, "I was just playing some simple chords that I knew how to play," and that it was "not possible" that she had violated the rights to another music.

In a separate copyright infringement case in the U.K. last year, Sheeran was victorious with regard to his 2017 song "Shape of You." He denounced the "damaging" rise in litigation filed by mainstream artists after his victory. "I'm not an entity, I'm not a corporation, I'm a human being," he declared. "I'm a spouse, a parent, and a son. I hope that this decision means future bogus allegations like these can be avoided because lawsuits are not fun.

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