According to new reports, Ed Sheeran is getting sued again and this time by a company called Structured Asset Sales for allegedly ripping off Marvin Gaye’s 1973 hit “Let’s Get It On” for his 2014 song “Thinking Out Loud.”
SAS owns one-third of the Gaye song’s copyright, having bought partial rights following the death of Gaye’s co-writer Edward Townsend and their claim is Sheeran’s song emulates the drums, central rhythms, harmonic progression, melodies, bassline, and other aspects of Gaye’s song. They want $100 million.
Sheeran was over “Thinking Out Loud” in 2016; that complaint was dismissed without prejudice (permitting a potential re-file) in 2017.
Compare the two songs below.