Ed Sheeran was highly relieved when a federal jury ruled that his song “Thinking Out Loud” didn't infringe on the copyright of Marvin Gaye's “Let’s Get It On.

The case was closely watched by the professional songwriting community

If the ruling had gone the other way, it could have changed the landscape of songwriting forever

Songwriters Jenna Andrews, Jamie Hartman, and JHart discussed the potential ramifications of the Sheeran lawsuit in the Rolling Stone Music Now podcast

The songwriters were horrified by the argument that a song's chord progression alone could be protected by copyright

Andrews and Hartman stressed the importance of coming up with original lyrics and melodies as part of their daily work

A verdict against Sheeran would have had a chilling effect on songwriters, who are already feeling paranoid about potential copyright infringement

Recent rulings, such as the "Blurred Lines" case, have left songwriters feeling stifled and unable to freely express their creativity

The fear of infringing on someone else's copyright can cause songwriters to scrap songs before anyone hears them

The financial and emotional toll of copyright infringement lawsuits can be significant and long-lasting for songwriters