Ed Sheeran is being sued for copying Marvin Gaye's 'Let's Get It On'

29 June 2018, 09:57

Ed Sheeran / Marvin Gaye
Picture: PA

By Tom Eames

Another music lawsuit has arrived...

Ed Sheeran is being sued for $100m (£76.4m) for allegedly copying Marvin Gaye's classic 'Let's Get It On'.

It is alleged that Ed had copied elements of the soul anthem for his huge hit 'Thinking Out Loud'.

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Legal documents in the US claim that it copies "the melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bass line, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and looping".

Ed has already faced legal action over the same track by the family of the song's writer Ed Townsend, and has previously denied any claims of plagiarism.

Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud [Official Video]

The new claim has been filed by a company called Structured Asset Sales - which also owns part of the copyright of Gaye's song.

Gaye co-wrote the song alongside singer Ed Townsend, who died in 2003. Structured Asset Sales later bought one-third of the copyright of the song.

Townsend's heirs sued Ed in 2016, but it currently unclear whether that case was resolved or not.

Marvin Gaye - Lets get it on

Last year, Ed settled a separate $20m (£13.8m) claim against him in the US over his song 'Photograph'.

Marvin Gaye's family had also previously successfully sued Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, over claims they had copied his song 'Got to Give it Up' on their hit 'Blurred Lines'.