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This Lawsuit Against Ed Sheeran Just Got Worse

Things just went from bad to worse for Ed Sheeran. The “Castle on the Hill” singer was already sued in 2016 by the family of Ed Townsend, the cowriter of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,” claiming that Sheeran’s song “Thinking Out Loud” sounds very similar to Gaye’s 1973 hit. But now, yet another party has entered the ring, adding even more legal pressure on Sheeran. 

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On Thursday, TMZ reported that Structured Asset Sales, a company that had previously purchased one-third of the copyright to “Let’s Get It On,” was seeking $100 million in damages for infringement. The company gave no statements about why it was seeking payment for these alleged damages now, two years on. Sheeran has also not issued a statement about these new claims.
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In the 2016 lawsuit, Townsend’s family claimed that Sheeran had taken the melody, harmony and some rhythm compositions from “Let’s Get It On” and repurposed them for “Thinking Out Loud.” Sheeran only spoke out publicly against the lawsuit recently, claiming that “the alleged similarities between the two [songs] are simply because the chord progressions and drum patterns are ‘extremely commonplace’ in the music world,” according to TMZ.

While we’re neither judge nor jury on this, we’ll present to you the music videos for “Thinking Out Loud” and “Let’s Get It On” and let you make up your own mind about any similarities between these two songs.

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This is certainly not the first time that a song of Gaye’s has become the focus of a lawsuit. Robin Thicke found himself locked in a battle with Gaye’s family for years over the claims that Thicke’s 2013 hit “Blurred Lines” bore striking similarities to Gaye’s song “Got to Give It Up.” The Fader reported in March that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2015 ruling that Thicke and his songwriting partner, Pharrell Williams, were at fault and must pay a $7.3 million fine.

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