Ed Sheeran is being sued for a whopping $100 million for allegedly infringing on the copyright of Marvin Gaye’s classic “Let’s Get it On”.
According to TMZ back in June, a lawsuit filed by the company Structured Asset Sales alleges Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” is a clear copy of Gaye’s song.
The suit claims “Thinking Out Loud” features the same melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bassline, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and looping as “Let’s Get it On”.
District Judge Louis Stanton rejected Sheeran’s request on Thursday to have the lawsuit dismissed. “Substantial similarities between several of the two works’ musical elements,” encouraged the U.S. judge to involve a jury in the case.
Jurors “may be impressed by footage of a Sheeran performance which shows him seamlessly transitioning,” Stanton said, per BBC.
In a legal document obtained by Twitter user/reporter @Bill_Donahue, a court date has been set for Sept. 11.
The official papers anticipate the trial will last between five and seven days.
The 1973 song was written by Gaye and Edward Townsend. When Townsend died in 2003, Structured Asset Sales purchased one-third of the copyright on the song. In 2016, Sheeran was sued by Townsend’s heirs.