Ed Sheeran is being sued for $100,000,000 by the copyright owners of singer Marvin Gaye‘s “Let’s Get It On” claiming the contemporary pop star ripped off sections of the 1973 Motown classic for his former #1 single “Thinking Out Loud” released via Warner Music. Legal documents state that Sheeran’s song copies, “the melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bass line, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and looping”.

This is not the first time that people have allegedly lifted sections of a Marvin Gaye track. In March 2015, a jury ruled that “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke‘s single with Pharrell Williams – copied Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up.” The family of the late soul singer was awarded $7.3 million in damages – a sum which was later cut to $5.3 million. After hearing about Sheeran’s situation, Thicke jokingly tweeted at the “Shape of You” singer offering help.

 

Sheeran is no stranger to copyright infringement claims, as last year, he settled a $20 million copyright infringement claim against him over his hit song “Photograph.” He was also sued once before by a different company over “Thinking Out Loud.” With that said, very little solid evidence has been presented so far but more will come in the future. Stay tuned.

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