Musician Ed Sheeran faces copyright lawsuit over ‘Thinking Out Loud’


Heirs of a composer for Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” sued British musician Ed Sheeran on Tuesday, claiming his strike strain “Thinking Out Loud” copies core elements of a late essence singer’s 1973 track.

The copyright transgression lawsuit was filed by a heirs of Ed Townsend, who co-wrote a lyrics to “Let’s Get It On” in 1973 and combined a low-pitched composition, according to a censure filed in sovereign justice in a Southern District of New York.

Representatives for defendants Sheeran, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and Atlantic Records did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The lawsuit, that asks for indemnification to be assessed during a jury trial, argues that a harmonic progressions, symphonic and rhythmic elements executive to “Let’s Get It On” shaped a structure of Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.”

“The Defendants copied a ‘heart’ of ‘Let’s’ and steady it invariably via ‘Thinking,'” a lawsuit said. “The melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic compositions of ‘Thinking’ are almost and/or strikingly identical to a drum combination of ‘Let’s.'”

Grammy Award-winning Sheeran has turn one of Britain’s top-selling artists in a past dual years, and has created and co-written marks for artists such as One Direction, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber.

The lawsuit came dual months after California-based musicians sued Sheeran for $20 million over his strike strain “Photograph” in an separate case.

Gaye’s family final year successfully sued RB recording artists Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for copyright transgression in another separate box over their strike singular “Blurred Lines,” winning a $7.4 million judgment.

(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Richard Chang)


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