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Ed Sheeran Sued (Again) for Copyright Infringement, This Time by ‘Let’s Get It On’ Co-Writer

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It’s come to the point in teen-idol Ed Sheeran’s career for him to go from the belle of the singer-songwriter ball to music’s rich, red-headed stepchild, ready for a good lawsuit. On Tuesday, TMZ reported that the family of “Let’s Get It On” co-writer Ed Townsend is claiming copyright infringement by the British pop star. The lawsuit reportedly accuses Sheeran of stealing components of the melody, harmony, and rhythm from Marvin Gaye’s steamy ’70s hit for his Grammy Award–winning single “Thinking Out Loud.” The legal action comes nearly two years after x, the album the song was featured on, was released, and six months after it won “Song of the Year,” but only four weeks after a similar case was thrown at Sheeran for allegedly lifting portions of “Photograph” from an earlier song by X-Factor’s Matt Cardle. It seems like we’ll have to wait until September to find out who he possibly stole “I See Fire” from. Listen to the two songs below for comparison.

Ed Sheeran Sued for Copying ‘Let’s Get It On’