Ed Sheeran is once again in legal trouble as his trial date has been set for Setepmber 11th, 2019 regarding whether or not his hit song “Thinking Out Loud” infringes on the Marvin Gaye hit “Let’s Get It On.” Ed Townsend famously co-wrote the song and his estate claim that Sheeran’s is a blatant copy. The burden will be on Sheeran to prove that the songs are not similar enough to warrant copyright infringement.
This situation is not unfamiliar to Sheeran who has found himself in trouble with copyright laws before. He was formerly sued by a trio of songwriters for his song “Photograph” which was eerily similar to their song “Amazing.” Sheeran, who writes songs for other artists, was also named in a suit in conjunction with Faith Hill and Tim McGraw whose song “The Rest of Our Lives” was alleged to be a copy of Australian country star Jasmine Rae’s “When I Found You.” The matter was settled in 2018.
We know from other previous lawsuits that the heirs of Marvin Gaye are very prone to litigation as they successfully filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke over their song “Blurred Lines” which sounded a lot like “Got To Give It Up.” The state won $5 million dollars and to give the estate 50% of all future royalties.
Musicology experts will testify on whether or not that “Thinking Out Loud” and “Let’s Get It On” are similar. However, it did not help that Sheeran did perform a mashup of these two songs. While the trial date has been set, there is still a chance that these two may settle out of court. Take a listen to the two song and decide for yourself if there’s copyright infringement.
THINKING OUT LOUD
LETS GET IT ON