Los Angeles, Jun 29 (PTI) British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is being sued a second time over similarities between his hit track “Thinking Out Loud” and the Marvin Gaye classic “Let’s Get it On.” Owners of the song’s copyright claims that it lifts from Gaye’s 1972 hit and they are seeking USD 100 million in damages, reported Variety. Also Read - 'Some Evidence' That New UK Coronavirus Strain More Deadly & Transmissible, Warns Boris Johnson
The song was written by Gaye and Ed Townsend. Also Read - Amid Fears of New COVID Strain, Flight With 256 Passengers From UK Lands in Delhi
The suit has been filed by investment banker David Pullman and a company called Structured Asset Sales, which has acquired one-third of the song shares. Also Read - New Coronavirus Strain: South Korea Extends UK Flight Ban For 2 More Weeks
“We tried to work it out amicably, but it didn’t work out and we did what we were required to do within a certain amount of time,” Pullman told Newsday.
“It’s one of the most streamed songs in history. It’s been streamed over 1 billion times. Plus there’s the synchronisation license, for commercials (and other uses), there’s touring and merchandising income we listed approximately 50 categories of revenue streams,” he added.
Townsend, who died in August 2003 at age 74, was a celebrated songwriter-producer who composed more than 200 songs.
His heirs sued Sheeran over “Thinking Out Loud” in 2016, but a judge dismissed the case without prejudice in February 2017.
“It was dismissed solely because they didn’t serve the defendants overseas, since many of them were in the U.K.” Pullman said.
Townsend have refiled their suit, Pullman added. PTI SHD
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