Why is Ed Sheeran being sued for $100 million?

Ever since Ed Sheeran released his Grammy-winning hit “Thinking Out Loud,” people have remarked upon its similarity to Marvin Gaye’s classic tune “Let’s Get It On.” Now, Sheeran and his co-writer, Amy Wadge, have been hit with a $100 million lawsuit alleging copyright infringement. The suit wasn’t filed by the estate of the late Motown legend, but rather, by the company that owns one-third of the copyright rights of the late Edward Townsend, who co-wrote “Let’s Get It On” with Gaye. The suit alleges that “Thinking Out Loud” copies “various elements” of “Let’s Get It On,” including “melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bass line, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and looping.” The suit asks for $100 million in damages, as well as costs and attorney’s fees. Townsend’s heirs originally filed suit in 2016 over the same song, but that case was dismissed.


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