Ed Sheeran Sued For $100 Million Over Supposed Song Similarity

Brenda Watkins
June 29, 2018

Ed Sheeran is facing a $100 million, or around R1.33 billion, lawsuit accusing the singer-songwriter of copying Marvin Gaye's 1973 hit "Let's Get It On" on his 2014 song "Thinking Out Loud", TMZ reported.

In an interview, Pullman said people interviewed for news coverage about "Blurred Lines" noted similarities between "Let's Get It On" and "Thinking Out Loud".

In 2016, daughter of Ed Townsend, who co-wrote "Let's Get It On", filed a lawsuit over the same song in a federal court in the Southern District of NY for copying core components of the classic hit. It is also a separate lawsuit from the one brought by the heirs of Gaye's co-writer, Ed Townsend Jr., in 2016.

Marvin Gaye co-wrote "Let's Get It On" with U.S. singer Edward Townsend - who died in 2003.

He recently claimed the sequences in question are "unprotectable, public domain elements", and maintains the bulk of the song structures of the two tunes are completely different.

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When Townsend died in 2003, one-third of the rights to the song were purchased by Structured Asset Sales.

It was also nominated for a Grammy for Song Of The Year in 2015.

Sheeran has not commented on the allegations.

Last year, Ed settled a $20m (£13.8m) copyright infringement claim against him in the United States over his hit song Photograph.

Ed Sheeran performs at the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London, Britain, February 21, 2018.

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