Grammy winner and Beyonce and Eminem collaborator Ed Sheeran has been sued for 100 million dollars for allegedly copying the Marvin Gaye Classic “Let’s Get It On.”
According to the lawsuit, Sheeran’s song shares just about everything with Gaye’s, from melody to percussion and even aspects that the more casual music listener might not even consider, like syncopation.
The company suing Sheeran, Structured Asset Sales, bought a third of the rights to “Let’s Get It On” in 2003 when one of the writers of the song, Edward Townsend, died. The daughter of Edward Townsend has already taken legal action against Sheeran earlier this month, while the family of Marvin Gaye has yet to sue.
This isn’t the first time Sheeran has been sued for this kind of alleged plagiarism. In January, Sheeran was sued by the writers of a song called “Photograph” which was written for a contestant on the show “X Factor.” The lawsuit was for over $20 Million but the cased was dismissed when the two parties decided to settle out of court for an undisclosed amount.