Ed Sheeran sued for $100m over alleged plagiarism
Singer is accused of copying parts of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’ for ‘Thinking Out Loud’
Ed Sheeran is being sued for $100 million (about €86 million) for allegedly ripping off parts of Marvin Gaye’s classic Let’s Get It On for his hit Thinking Out Loud.
According to legal documents lodged in New York, the British star’s 2014 track copies the “melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bass line, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and looping” of Gaye’s 1973 song.
The claim has been brought by a company called Structured Asset Sales (SAS), which owns part of the copyright of Gaye’s song.
Gaye co-wrote the track alongside Edward Townsend in 1973.
Sheeran (27) has already faced legal action over the track after the heirs of Townsend also said Thinking Out Loud copied Let’s Get It On. He has denied those allegations.
The album X, which features Sheeran’s song, sold more than 15 million copies.
It was also nominated for a Grammy for Song Of The Year in 2015.
Other defendants listed in the claim include Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the Atlantic record label and Amy Padge, Sheeran’s co-writer on the song.
SAS is owned by David Pullman, the creator of the so-called Bowie Bonds, which saw David Bowie sell off bonds for $55 million backed by royalties from his catalogue.
Gaye was shot dead by his father in 1984 at age 44. – PA