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Lawsuit: Ed Sheeran Copied R&B Classic ‘Let’s Get It On’

In June Sheeran was hit with a lawsuit alleging his hit "Photograph" is a copy of a 2012 song

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The family of a co-writer of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" is suing Ed Sheeran, claiming the British singer-songwriter's hit, "Thinking Out Loud," sounds too much like the soul classic.

The lawsuit filed by the family of Ed Townsend claims Sheeran copied the "heart" of "Let's Get It On" and repeated it continuously throughout "Thinking Out Loud." It says Sheeran continued to perform the song even after he was notified of the copyright infringement claim last year.

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The family is demanding a jury trial and compensation for damages.

The suit also names "Thinking Out Loud" co-writer Amy Wadge, producer Jake Gosling, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Atlantic Records, Warner Bros. and others.

Sheeran's representatives didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

In June Sheeran was hit with a lawsuit alleging his hit "Photograph" is a copy of a 2012 song sung by Matt Cardle, the winner of the 2010 season of "The X Factor."

Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard, and their publishing company HaloSongs, said in the suit that "Photograph" copies their song "Amazing."

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The plaintiffs in the case against "Photograph" are being represented by Richard Busch, the same attorney who represented Marvin Gaye's family during their successful lawsuit over the single "Blurred Lines."

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