Watch CBS News

Ed Sheeran gets a bit testy Monday during copyright infringement trial

Ed Sheeran performs in court during copyright infringement trial
Ed Sheeran performs in court during copyright infringement trial 02:10

NEW YORK -- Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran appeared to be frustrated and annoyed on the witness stand during his copyright infringement trial in federal court in Lower Manhattan on Monday.

CBS2 was in the courtroom for some moments of testy testimony and a mini-concert by the pop superstar.

Not long after his morning arrival to court, Sheeran was on the stand with his guitar briefly playing songs as part of his testimony.

READ MOREEd Sheeran, on guitar, gets musical with a New York jury

Monday marked the beginning of the second week of his copyright infringement trial, where arguments and audio are combining to try and answer whether Sheeran wrote his hit song "Thinking Out Loud" by copying the Marvin Gaye's 1973 classic "Let's Get It On."

Sheeran's mini concert in court was a sampling of songs by him and others to show what is widely recognized as a common building block of pop songwriting -- the four-chord progression.

It's evident in both songs at the heart of the case.

READ MOREMusic expert testifies in Ed Sheeran copyright infringement trial

Sheeran's defense team also showed the jury video of a TV performance by a comedy rock band mashing up many hit songs in to one.

Sheeran is accused by the heirs of Ed Townsend, who co-wrote "Let's Get It On." His daughter, Kathryn Townsend-Griffin, is the lead plaintiff.

When a Townsend family attorney questioned Sheeran, he referred to Sheeran as making "mistakes in his recollections of writing and recording."

Sheeran shot back with "I don't feel it's a mistake that I can't remember a specific date."

READ MORESinger-songwriter Ed Sheeran takes stand in copyright infringement trial

Earlier, Sheeran's defense attorney had asked, "Did you copy anything from 'Let's Get It On' when you wrote 'Thinking Out Loud?'"

Sheeran replied, "No."

He was asked, "Were you thinking about 'Let's Get It On?'"

Sheeran said, "No."

He called the allegations in this case "insulting."

The trial continues Tuesday.

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.