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Musician Ed Sheeran faces copyright lawsuit over 'Thinking Out Loud'

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 01:13

Family of late composer of Marvin Gaye's ''Let's Get It On'' sue Ed Sheeran over similar musical elements in his hit ''Thinking Out Loud.'' Sarah Mills reports

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It was Thinking Out Loud that won Ed Sheeran TWO Grammy Awards. But now he's been accused of copying bits of a Marvin Gaye track for his hit. Heirs of the composer for Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" are suing the British star - claiming Ed's "Thinking Out Loud" copies core elements of the late soul singer's 1973 track. The lawsuit asks for damages to be assessed at a jury trial - arguing that the harmonic progressions, melodic and rhythmic elements central to "Let's Get It On" formed the structure of Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud." The copyright infringement lawsuit was filed by the heirs of Ed Townsend, who co-wrote the lyrics to "Let's Get It On" in 1973 and created its musical composition. Representatives for Sheeran, Sony and Atlantic Records did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Musician Ed Sheeran faces copyright lawsuit over 'Thinking Out Loud'

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 01:13