Ed Sheeran Sued Over Copyright Issues
Popular singer Ed Sheeran has been sued for copyright issues. Now the singer is facing a lawsuit of $100 million for copying. Ed Sheeran’s song ‘Thinking Out Loud’ that came out in 2014 is the reason behind the case. Apparently, it contains copied parts from Marvin Gaye’s ‘Lets Get It On’. The lawsuit against Ed Sheeran claims that he has copied and exploited ‘Let’s Get It On’ track without giving due credits.
The copyright claim has been brought up by a company known as Structured Asset Sales (SAS). SAS seems to have the copyrights for Gaye’s 1973 song. SAS purchased copyrights for one-third of the song after the death of Gaye’s co-writer Edward Townsend. Ed Sheeran has previously faced allegations from Townsend’s daughter as well. But conveniently, the singer denied the charges. This time the company claims that Sheeran has copied the melody, rhythms, harmony, drums and tempo. But these are not just it and the list continues. SAS goes on to claim that Ed Sheeran did not just manipulate the copyright act. But even made hundreds of millions of dollars from it.
This time Ed Sheeran might find it hard to get out of the filed case. The Album X in which this song was featured has sold more than 15 million copies across the globe. Plus, in 2015, ‘Thinking Out Loud’ was even nominated for a Grammy for Song Of The Year. The song has won the ‘Best Pop Solo Performance’ in 2016 as well. ‘Thinking Out Loud’ was at first position in the UK Chart, and at 2nd in the US Billboard Hot 100.
Even though Ed Sheeran has not commented on this one yet, this is not the first time he has been sued. And that too over copyright infringement. Song writers like Sean Carey and Beau Golden also sued him for copying melodies. This time it was for his 2017 song ‘The Rest Of Our Life’. Ed Sheeran has also been sued under the copyright act for his song ‘Photograph’.
Almost every time the singer denied the claims, declaring them as baseless. But it seems to have become a habit. Let’s see the end of this one!