Ed Sheeran Sued For Allegedly Copying Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On"
Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:46:32
Ed Sheeran is being sued for allegedly copying Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On". The suit was filed by the heirs of Ed Townsend, who co-wrote the song with Marvin, over Sheeran's track "Thinking Out Loud".
Reuters reports, "The lawsuit, which asks for damages to be assessed at a jury trial, argues that the harmonic progressions, melodic and rhythmic elements central to "Let's Get It On" formed the structure of Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud."
"The Defendants copied the 'heart' of 'Let's' and repeated it continuously throughout 'Thinking,'" the lawsuit said. "The melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic compositions of 'Thinking' are substantially and/or strikingly similar to the drum composition of 'Let's.'""
Rolling Stones reports, "The Townsends' lawsuit comes just months after songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard sued Sheeran for $20 million for plagiarism. The pair claimed Sheeran's X hit "Photograph" bore "verbatim note-for-note" similarities to their song, "Amazing," recorded by X Factor winner Matt Cardle in 2012 (Cardle, however, has distanced himself from the lawsuit)."
The lawsuit comes a year after the Gaye family won its suit against Pharrell and Robin Thicke for unlawfully copying "Got to Give It Up" on "Blurred Lines".
—The ARTISTdirect Staff