Ed Sheeran To Face The Gaye Estate In Court Over Copyright Lawsuit

Bessie Dean
January 5, 2019

Ed Sheeran's application to have the case dismissed has been turned down.

With the trial set to go down in the near future, Sheeran, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Atlantic Records are looking to avoid paying up to $100 million in sought-after damages.

Ed Sheeran will have to face court over claims he "copied" Marvin Gaye's hit, Let's Get It On.

The defence argued "Thinking Out Loud" was characterised by "sombre, melancholic tones, addressing long-lasting romantic love" while "Let's Get It On" was a "sexual anthem".

"Judge Louis Stanton said he found "substantial similarities between several of the two works' musical elements", including their bass lines and percussion".

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The 27-year-old singer has denied copying the song, which was a part of his 2014 album "X".

During the judgement, Judge Stanton ruled it was disputed whether the harmonic rhythm of Let's Get It On was deserving of copyright protection or whether it was too common.

Stanton added that jurors "may be impressed by footage of a Sheeran performance which shows him seamlessly transitioning" between the two songs. "The Defendants copied the "heart" of "Let's" and repeated it continuously throughout "Thinking, '" the original lawsuit read at the time".

Sheeran is also facing a second lawsuit filed by Structured Asset Sales LLC, which owns one-third of Townsend's estate.

Sheeran has previously been accused of plagiarism for his songs "Photograph" and "Shape of You".

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