Bet on Whether Ed Sheeran Lifted from Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 11:18 AM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 3, 2018 11:18 AM UTC

The Grammy winner faces a potential large payout regarding his hit “Thinking Out Loud” if a copyright infringement case goes to trial.

<p style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]</p><p>People may fall in love in mysterious ways according to Ed Sheeran’s song “Thinking Out Loud,” but a copyright-infringement lawsuit may reveal the mega-tune’s possible mystery origins.</p><p>The ginger-haired singer-songwriter is facing a $100 million lawsuit over similarities between his song and Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get it On.” In a New York federal court, Structured Asset Sales (SAS), which purchased a portion of the 1973 classic soul song from the original songwriter’s family, insisted “Thinking Out Loud” has similar melodies, rhythms, bassline, harmonies and more.</p><p>This is the second lawsuit brought against the musician concerning the Top 10 hit from the popular “X” album brought against him, co-writer Amy Wadge, Atlantic Records, Warner Music Group, his song publisher Sony and distributor Asylum Records.</p><p>The first lawsuit was filed in 2016 by the heirs of Edward Townsend Jr., a co-writer of “Let’s Get it On.” There are conflicting reports whether this case still stands or was dismissed.</p><p><a href=";book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bovada</a> is offering odds on the outcome of the latest suit, including if Sheeran will be found to have infringed copyright on “Thinking Out Loud” Odds are -130 Yes and -110 No.</p><p><a href="" title="Sports Betting Odds">Another wager asks how much money will be awarded</a> if Sheeran is found guilty of copyright infringement: Over $80 million, -150; Under $80 million, +110.</p><p>Songs sounding familiar or sampling old hits have prompted other copyright lawsuits, most notably one three years ago concerning the song “Blurred Lines.”</p><p>A federal jury concluded artists Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams duplicated portions of Gaye’s “Got to Give It up” in “Blurred Lines.” Jurors awarded more than $7 million to Gaye’s family, which was later cut to $5.3 million. That verdict was upheld in March.</p><p>When the SAS lawsuit was filed, Thicke reached out to Sheeran via Twitter</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Hey &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@edsheeran&lt;/a&gt;, call me.&lt;/p&gt;— Robin Thicke (@robinthicke) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;June 28, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>According to NPR, the SAS lawsuit includes specific music theory explanations pinpointing the two songs’ similarities, such as: "In Gaye's song, (the) chord progression within the backing pattern occurs in the key of E flat, and in Sheeran's song the progression occurs in D major ... listeners will hear the two progressions as functionally equivalent ... Many listeners will not recognize that Frank Sinatra sang 'My Way' in D major, while Elvis Presley sang that song in C major; it is clearly the same song despite the difference in key."</p><p>Uh, OK.</p><p>Last year, Sheeran settled a lawsuit for an undisclosed sum brought by songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard concerning his song “Photograph.” They were seeking $20 million, saying “Photograph” copied their tune “Amazing,” written for an artist on “The X Factor.”</p><p>In January, songwriters Sean Carey and Beau Gordan filed a lawsuit saying Sheeran lifted the melody of their song “When I Found You” for his song “The Rest of My Life,” which he wrote for Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.</p><p>Just thinking out loud, <a href="" title="Free Sports Picks">we predict Sheeran will settle the most recent lawsuit for a lot less than $80M</a> rather than risk a large judgment if found guilty of copyright infringement.</p>
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