Ed Sheeran has a lot of things going for him, we’ll give him that, but the singer-songwriter has also found himself in the midst of a copyright lawsuit. For a second time.
Two years after Sheeran was sued by the heirs of Edward Townsend Jr, who co-wrote Marvin Gaye’s iconic lurve-fest ‘Let’s Get It On’, the singer is being hit with a second, separate lawsuit over the same issue.
A new suit, which was filed in New York yesterday (June 28) by Structured Asset Sales, alleged that there are stark similarities between ‘Let’s Get It On’ and Ed’s award-winning hit ‘Thinking Out Loud’.
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(And it’s not because they’re overplayed at weddings.)
Structured Asset Sales, which owns part of the copyright of the Gaye track, originally tried to join the Townsend lawsuit but its request to ‘intervene’ was turned down.
As a result, the company has since filed a lawsuit against Sheeran, co-writer Amy Padge and his label Atlantic Records – as well as Warner Music Group, Sony and Asylum Records – and it’s seeking $100m.
Arguing that Sheeran’s song is “functionally equivalent” to Gaye’s, the lawsuit reads ( National Public Radio): “In Gaye’s song, this chord progression within the backing pattern occurs in the key of E flat, and in Sheeran’s song the progression occurs in D major…
“Many listeners will not recognise that Frank Sinatra sang ‘My Way’ in D major, while Elvis Presley sang that song in C major; it is clearly the same song despite the difference in key.”
Digital Spy has reached out to Sheeran, who has denied previous plagiarism accusations about ‘Thinking Out Loud’ and ‘Let’s Get It On’ – arguing that the chord progressions and drum patterns in both are “extremely commonplace”.
Did Marvin Gaye once stop a sold-out concert to nip to the loo, though? We think not.