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Let’s get it on…… Sheeran sued for Thinking Out Loud

Written by Mark Reed on 29 June 2018

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Legal documents have been filed in the US over the infringement of Marvin Gaye’s hit record ‘Let’s Get It On’ from the 1970s, by none other than Ed Sheeran with his Grammy award winning track ‘Thinking Out Loud’.

This is a claim that has been filed by Structured Asset Sales who own a third of the copyright to Let’s Get It On, which was co-written between Gaye and Edward Townsend. Although, it turns out that this isn’t the first claim against Sheeran for Thinking Out Loud ripping off Let’s Get It On, after the family of Marvin Gaye and Edward Townsend separately filed lawsuits in 2016, a claim that Sheeran has repeatedly denied.

The legal documents allege that Thinking Out Loud copies “the melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bass line, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and looping”. This isn’t the first time Ed Sheeran has been sued by people claiming he has infringed on particular tracks. As previously reported, in 2017 Sheeran paid a whopping £13.8m to songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard to settle a claim that he copied their song ‘Amazing’ by Matt Cardle, with his hit ‘Photograph’.

We shall watch this case very closely, as it is believed to be a suit worth over £76.4m.
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