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Ed Sheeran Sued For Allegedly Ripping Off Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On”

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It’s been two years since Ed Sheeran‘s “Thinking Out Loud” gained steam when it scored Grammy nominations and cemented itself as a popular wedding song for the rest of eternity. But now, he could be in some serious legal trouble because of it. According to TMZ, Ed is being sued for copying Marvin Gaye‘s “Let’s Get It On,” and the fine could be outrageous if he’s found guilty.

As the site reported, a company called Structured Asset Sales — who owns one-third of the copyright to “Let’s Get It On” — is suing Ed for $100 million because apparently, they think “Thinking Out Loud” sounds way too similar to it, including “melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bassline, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and looping.” While they’re both smooth love songs, the content of both songs is totally different, and they definitely do have different sounds. But according to the plaintiff, Ed’s violating their copyright.

But will this lawsuit actually hold up? As TMZ said, Ed has already been sued by the family of Edward Townsend, the person who co-wrote the song with Gaye, but the outcome of that case has yet to be determined. At the time, TMZ reported that Ed’s response to that lawsuit was to say that the chord progressions in both songs were common in music, so there was bound to be overlap. In fact, Marvin’s heirs themselves haven’t filed a lawsuit, but after Structured Asset Sales bought part of the copyright, they’re reopening the lawsuit to make sure they get their due.

It’s understandable that, if Ed truly did plagiarize the song, the rightful owners would want to get paid — “Thinking Out Loud” was obviously a huge success on the charts, and TMZ noted that it says in the lawsuit that the song has been played literally billions of times on YouTube, and that the album the song is on, X, sold over 15 million copies. That’s a lot of money that Structured Asset Sales could be entitled to, so who can blame them for going after it? But if Ed’s not guilty and the songs are just similar because of the genres they’re in, they may not have a case.

It’s not clear where this lawsuit will go from here or how it could affect Ed (and his career) just yet. Let’s just hope that he has a very, very good lawyer to defend him in this case, because it sounds like it has the potential to get ugly.

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