Message for producers: don’t make your musical creations sound ANYTHING like ANYTHING Marvin Gaye’s, ok? Because somebody may come for you on the legal tip.
The heirs of Ed Townsend (the songwriter who co-wrote Marvin Gaye’s classic hit “Let’s Get It On”) are suing singer Ed Sheeran accusing him of ripping off “Let’s Get It On” for his mega-hit “Thinking Out Loud.”
The Guardian reports that papers filed in New York federal court claim that Sheeran“copied the “heart” of the Marvin Gaye hit.
“Thinking Out Loud” is Sheeran’s biggest hit, with more than a billion streams on Youtube and topped the charts in seven countries. It also won Song of the Year at this year’s Grammy’s.
As you know, this isn’t the first time a Marvin Gaye song went to court; in 2013, Gaye’s children sued Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over their song “Blurred Lines,” claiming it infringed on Gaye’s tune, “Got To Give It Up.” The Gaye family won the case, as Thick and Williams were ordered by a federal judge to pay out $3.2 million in back royalties by a federal judge.
Listen to the songs below, Roomies. Do you hear similarities enough to warrant a lawsuit?