Ed Sheeran Sued For $100 Million Over Allegedly Copying Marvin Gaye’s song
British singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran has been sued for £76.4 million ($100 million) for allegedly copying American singer Marvin Gaye’s 1973 hit song Let’s Get It On.
The lawsuit brought up by a company called Structured Asset Sales, claims that Sheeran’s 2014 Grammy-winning song Thinking Out Loud rips off Gaye’s song.
David Pullman, an investment banker who founded Structured Asset Sales, alleged that Sheeran’s 2014 song copied ‘the melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bass line, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and looping’ of Gaye’s 1073 hit.
This isn’t the first time Sheeran has faced legal troubles with his music.
In August 2016 Ed Townsend Jr., Marvin Gaye’s co-writer on Let’s Get It On, had also sued Sheeran for copying his song. It isn’t clear whether the case has been resolved or not till now.
Musicians Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard claimed in June 2016 that Sheeran’s 2014 single Photograph had the same composition as their song Amazing.
The claim was settled by Sheeran and the terms of settlements were not disclosed, but it was reported that Ed had to pay close to £13.8 million ($20 million) for the settlement.
In January this year, two songwriters, Sean Carey and Beau Golden, has filed a lawsuit against Sheeran claiming that he had stolen the melody of their song When I Found You and used it in his country song, The Rest of Our Life, which he wrote for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Amy Wadge, Sheeran’s co-writer on Thinking Out Loud, Atlantic record label and Sony/ATV Music Publishing have also been named as defendants in the recent lawsuit against Sheeran.