Pop singer Ed Sheeran is currently facing a lawsuit upon accusations of copyright infringement for the legendary #MarvinGaye ‘s hit record “ Let’s Get It On” !!
The lawsuit has been forwarded by the daughter of Ed Townsend who helped co-write on the 1973 record, reports Atlanta Black Star .
Sources have confirmed that the lawsuit was officially forwarded in 2016 against Sheeran accusing him, Sony and Atlantic records for copyright infringement. The suit forwards claims that Sheeran stole the melody, harmony and overall rhythmic tone of Gaye’s record for his own single, “ Thinking Out Loud”.
Reports read that last year Sheeran was ordered by a U.S judge to appear in court to address the claims after his request to dismiss the case was denied.
It has been indicated that as of September 22nd Townsend’s daughter Kathryn Townsend alongside her attorney Keisha Rice held a news conference in front of Sony Records located in Culver City, California.
“These offenses aren’t just taking place in the streets against Black individuals in this country. They’re taking place in the boardrooms. They’re taking place in meetings where there’s no representation,” says Rice.
Townsend then stated, Theft and bullying has been the only priority of the record labels’ agenda. It stops today, Sony, Atlantic, and all the rest of them. We’re coming for our 40 acres and a mule plus and interest. And know that we’re not going to be silent. It don’t stop till my casket drop.”
The suit was filled within the Southern District of New York, with a scheduled trial date of on Nov 9. The suit reads that the estate is seeking songwriting credit and a portion of Sheeran’s song’s revenue from it‘s original release in 2014.