Ed Sheeran may very well be on the hook for tens of millions because the household of Marvin Gaye's songwriting companion accuse him of stealing from 'Let's Get It On'

  • Ed Sheeran’s copyright infringement trial started Monday in Manhattan Federal Court docket. 
  • The household of songwriter Ed Townsend alleges Sheeran used elements of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On.”
  • Sheeran has denied the allegations and is ready to testify within the trial.

The heirs of Marvin Gaye’s songwriting companion might see a multi-million-dollar payday of their music theft lawsuit in opposition to Ed Sheeran.

Sheeran faces allegations from the household of Ed Townsend, Gaye’s writing collaborator for “Let’s Get It On,” who say the pop star copied elements of “Let’s Get It On” for his personal smash hit, “Pondering Out Loud.”

Townsend’s daughter, Kathryn Townsend-Griffin, his sister Helen McDonald and the property of his late spouse, Cherrigale, sued the “Form of You” singer again in 2017.

The case does not designate a greenback quantity for the payoff, however the plaintiffs need an injunction barring Sheeran from performing “Pondering Out Loud,” plus cash damages, which might depart Sheeran on the hook for a payout within the tens of millions.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs didn’t reply to a request for remark Monday. 

Marvin Gaye Live At The Royal Albert Hall

Marvin Gaye

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Sheeran has denied the Townsend household’s allegations, saying that “Pondering Out Loud” is a uniquely composed music.

In court docket papers, 32-year-old crooner’s legal professionals asserted that “Pondering Out Loud” is not much like “Let’s Get It On,” and that the Townsend household’s claims needs to be tossed as a result of they do not have authorized standing to convey the case and are barred by a statute of limitations.

Sheeran is predicted to take the stand in his protection, in response to court docket papers. His legal professionals didn’t return a request for remark Monday. 

For Marvin Gaye’s son, Marvin Gaye III, this case could appear acquainted.

He, alongside together with his siblings efficiently sued Pharrell and Robin Thicke in 2015, for copyright infringement.

A jury discovered that the artists improperly co-opted elements of his father’s music “Received To Give It Up,” for his or her music, “Blurred Strains,” and awarded the Gaye household a $5 million payout. 

Gaye III is “watching these proceedings carefully,” in response to Paul Philips, the lawyer who represented him within the “Blurred Strains” lawsuit.

“Sadly, this case represents one other within the lengthy line of cases of artists seeing match to steal music from different artists,” Philips informed Insider.   

“On this specific case, Mr. Sheeran is aware of what he did – he misappropriated protected mental property instantly from the thoughts of the late, legendary Marvin Gaye,” Philips stated. “We’re assured this jury will acknowledge that.” 

Correction April 24, 2023: This story was up to date to mirror the right spelling of Paul Philips’ identify.