Ed Sheeran Sued For Copyright Over ‘Thinking Out Loud'
It might be one of his biggest hits and has turned into one of the most popular wedding songs ever, but Ed Sheeran is now being sued over his single ‘Thinking Out Loud’ for copyright.
A $100 million lawsuit has allegedly been filed by Structured Asset Sales, LLC over the 2014 song, claiming that Sheeran copied and exploited the composition of 1973 hit ’Let’s Get It On’ by Edward Townsend Jr and Marvin Gaye Jr without permission or credit.
The company based in Los Angeles are claiming that 27-year-old Sheeran copied various assets of ‘Let’s Get it On’ for his song ‘Thinking Out Loud’ including but not limited to the melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bass line, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and looping.
Structured Asset Sales have also claimed in court documents obtained by ET that Ed Sheeran has profited “hundreds of millions of dollars” from his “wrongful conduct” and have said that Sheeran’s knowingly violated the copyright act.
‘Thinking Out Loud’ quickly rose to the top of the charts as soon as it was released and won two Grammy’s back in 2016, one for ‘Song of the Year’ and another for ‘Best Pop Solo Performance’.
It’s also not the first time that someone has sued Ed Sheeran for copyright and he was previously taken to court in 2016 over allegations that his hit song ‘Photograph’ copied a track released by Matt Cardle, the winner of The X-Factor U.K in 2010. This case was dismissed in 2017 after both parties came to an agreement.
Ed Sheeran has not made any comment yet over the allegations. You can listen to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ in the video above and ‘Let’s Get It On’ in the video below to compare. Do you think they sound similar?