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Is "Thinking Out Loud" a rip-off of "Let's Get It On"?
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post Aug 10 2016, 08:29 PM
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https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/aug/...inking-out-loud

In March last year, Marvin Gaye's family was awarded $7 million after winning their claim over "Blurred Lines" allegedly ripping off "Got To Give It Up". They have clearly spent the entirety of that amount, because they are at it again. This time, they are hoping to get some money from Ed Sheeran, who, according to them, copied the "heart" of "Let's Get It On" for his 2014 megahit "Thinking Out Loud".

Sheeran's spokeperson has yet to comment. Sheeran is currently embroiled in another suit with Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard, who claim that his 2015 hit "Photograph" is a copy of Matt Cardle's "Amazing".

You can read the full article above.

So, what do you think of this? Discuss.
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post Aug 10 2016, 08:35 PM
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I think Ed Sheeran needs to stop copying peoples' songs and making them boring.
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post Aug 10 2016, 08:38 PM
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I can see this one more than the 'Blurred Lines' one, but it goes to show how pathetic Marvin Gaye's family really are.
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post Aug 10 2016, 08:39 PM
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QUOTE(T Boy @ Aug 10 2016, 09:35 PM) *
I think Ed Sheeran needs to stop copying peoples' songs and making them boring.


This tbh.
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post Aug 10 2016, 09:03 PM
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This lawsuit has nothing to do with Marvin Gaye's family. It's the family of Ed Townsend, who co-wrote the song.
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post Aug 10 2016, 09:05 PM
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Good, he deserved it.
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post Aug 10 2016, 09:06 PM
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Songs are no way similar.
Gaye family everyday searching youtube and trying to find some 'alimony'
It is like accusing random man on the street of paternity. If they have 'tool' why not py them
I wonder how on earth did they get sentence - judges or jury were 100% black? Only in these circumstances.

BTW taking a melody should be not penalised few months after song leaves chart. Plagiator contribute towards greter exposition of original artist and help him to sell more. Why should they pay for this. It is rather cover artists should be payed for increasing popularity of the 'original' at least after original hit has been forgotten
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post Aug 10 2016, 09:38 PM
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The Gaye family make out like someone has dug up Marvin' body, put strings on it and used it as a puppet in a music video.

Notice again that people who want to sue only realise songs are 'similar' long after they've made a lot of money...
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post Aug 10 2016, 09:41 PM
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Notice also how it's not the Gaye family suing and this has already been mentioned.
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post Aug 10 2016, 09:52 PM
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The same can be applied to him. It's just seems so money-driven when they wait so long to sue opposed to them genuinely caring that they think their song has been copied.
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post Aug 10 2016, 09:57 PM
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His new album will be out soon then
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post Aug 10 2016, 10:02 PM
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"Copied the heart of 'Lets Get It On'"? Is this person actually FOR REAL!? mellow.gif

This really does not sit well with me tbh. I'm not even that big of an Ed fan! No one is safe in the music industry nowadays if this gets through. I think Prince's family should sue Adele for the emotion of 'Someone Like You' being similar to the emotion in 'Nothing Compares 2 U' rolleyes.gif It's such a "grasping at straws" reason! I really hope they fail.
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post Aug 10 2016, 10:03 PM
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"He's got a lot of money, he should give some of that to me" jameela.jpg
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post Aug 10 2016, 11:02 PM
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QUOTE(liamk97 @ Aug 10 2016, 10:38 PM) *
The Gaye family make out like someone has dug up Marvin' body, put strings on it and used it as a puppet in a music video.

Notice again that people who want to sue only realise songs are 'similar' long after they've made a lot of money...


It's not his family. It's Ed Townsend's.
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post Aug 11 2016, 12:10 AM
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Hahahaha piss off.

Seriously, literally every single song ever released could get sued for bullshit reasons like this.
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post Aug 11 2016, 07:53 AM
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LOL

they have barely anything in common, baffled as to how this is a lawsuit wacko.gif
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post Aug 11 2016, 08:47 AM
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I could totally see the similarity between Photograph and the Matt Cradle song

but cannot see it here... I keep listening but I fail to see any similarity at all...

but also didnt see it between Blurred Lines and the other Marvin Gaye song
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post Aug 11 2016, 07:40 PM
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I think the law has always been 5 sequential notes and it's plagiarism. Purely by chance someone is going to do that, while some will do it unconsciously, some consciously. Law suits are nothing new, George Harrison was done for My Sweet Lord having 5 notes in a hook the same as He's So Fine by The Chiffons way back when.

I do agree that once the songwriters have died the songs should become public domain after a suitable amount of time - though publishers might take a different view.

Only big hits get sued cos it's not worth the cost of lawsuits if the reward is small and the record hasn't made much money. Big stars take that risk - even Paul McCartney had a lot of soul-searching over Yesterday - he was sure it must have been an old tune when it came to him in a dream, so he checked. It wasn't.

The previous Gaye family lawsuit was totally going to happen the moment Blurred Lines was released. I even commented in my blurb the week I first heard it and charted it that I hope they had gone for sample permission it was SO blatantly a copy, Robin Thicke had said time and again he was a huge Marvin Gaye fan. All they had to do was purchase the sample rights and they would have made much more money, so I don't have any sympathy.

Ed Sheeran's? Can't say I'd noticed any similarity except mood, and that it's not worthy of comparison tongue.gif Ed should win the case...

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