Aug 11, 2016

    Ed Sheeran accused of copying Marvin Gaye song

    HEIRS of the composer for Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On sued British musician Ed Sheeran on Tuesday, claiming his hit song Thinking Out Loud copies core elements of the late soul singer's 1973 track.

    The copyright infringement lawsuit was filed by the heirs of Ed Townsend.

    He co-wrote the lyrics to Let's Get It On in 1973 and created its musical composition, according to the complaint.

    It was filed in federal court in the Southern District of New York.

    The lawsuit is requesting for damages to be assessed at a jury trial.

    It argues that the harmonic progressions as well as melodic and rhythmic elements central to Let's Get It On formed the structure of Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud.

    Grammy Award-winning Sheeran has become one of Britain's top-selling artists in the past two years.

    He has written and co-written tracks for Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber.

    The lawsuit came two months after California-based musicians sued Sheeran for US$20 million (S$26.8 million) over his hit song Photograph.