Judge Tell Jurors On Sheeran / Marvin Gaye Case – This Isn’t Soul Train

Ok the judge didn’t quite say that he asked the jury not to give it up!

Earlier this week, the judge had to prohibit the jurors from “giving it up” as they listened to the evidence:

With Ed Sheeran on the witness stand in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday during a copyright trial, jurors were warned to keep their composure while watching a video of the British pop star performing a medley of his hit song “Thinking Out Loud” and the classic Marvin Gaye tune “Let’s Get it On.”

“We don’t allow dancing,” U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton instructed the seven-member jury.

Lawyers for heirs of songwriter Ed Townsend, Gaye’s co-writer on the 1973 hit, showed the video to bolster their allegation that Sheeran, his label Warner Music Group and music publisher Sony Music Publishing owe them a share of the profits for allegedly copying the song.

Ben Crump, a lawyer for the heirs, said in his opening statement that the performance amounted to a “confession” by Sheeran.

I think the judge made the right call. It’s one thing to see an episode of The Boondocks. To live in one? I wouldn’t want that either. Imagine if this was your court room:

more https://abovethelaw.com/2023/04/jurors-prohibited-from-dancing-to-ed-sheerans-funky-music-or-is-it-marvin-gayes/