ED SHEERAN VS. MARVIN GAYE LAWSUIT: Let's Compare!

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feroui hamza : at this point anyone who plays in 4/4 will be sued by someone

Beary Boy : They're definetly not close enough to warrant a lawsuit

S4 Dreamland : Marvin's " family" have made more money on lawsuits than Marvin made in his career.. They must have a group of 500 people scanning radio stations around the world 24/7 looking for the odd note Marvin might have used in his songs .. They're relentless. RIP Marvin!!

MR. $p@cely : Anthony Bourdain needs to sue you for stealing his look.

Paul L. Rogers : Dear Marvin Gaye camp. Not everyone is stealing HIS music. Please stop the law suits. You are spoiling his memory. By the way, music follows certain patterns. Are you gonna sue every time someone has a similar pattern?

Waselt : So we have 4/4 signature 4 chords Ride ride snare ride groove Same generic pop tempo I wonder where have I seen this? Oh yeah in every fucking pop song that’s out on the market. It’s not like they’ve written a musical masterpiece with constant time signature changes and different chords every two bars.

INFP - Traveller, Seeker. : I copyrighted the word THE. In music. So please don’t use it. It will offend me since I take my writing seriously.

Johnny Fiction : Is it a Ripoff? Yes, that's obvious. Is it lawsuit worthy? No.

jjosephdubya : Cleary copying. It's not even subtle.

Antonios Vasilellis Neto : For whoever is defending Ed Sheeran, I agree that the melodies are completely different and the songs are not the same. However, being that the backing for most of 'Thinking Out Loud' is EXACTLY the same as 'Let's Get It On' there should be some credit going to Gaye's estate. I don't think Ed copied the song; I think he intentionally sampled the oldie but had to credit it. Marvin Gaye should not get full credit for the song, but definitely sampling royalties.

Emmanuel Florac : Let someone copyright the famous "4 chords". Hilarity ensues. This is asinine.

Master Blaster : marvin gaye probably "influenced" his birth

Matt Brady : That is such a basic sound anyone could stumble on their own.. even if it was something complex copied you can’t claim time signatures and chords. That’s like claiming a combination of blue red and yellow in a painting can’t be used by other painters. This kind of thing is bad for the music community/industry imo

Graham Hockey : Honestly--and I'm sad to admit this--the first time I heard Thinking Out Loud at the start of 2015 it got Marvin Gaye stuck in my head again. Every time I think of the song, I think of Marvin Gaye.

DJ Illinois : I don't understand how some people can't see its literally the same instrumental piece the exact same. Take out the lyrics and it the EXACT same song.

Jens Larsen : Such a slippery slope these law-suits. It's only a tool for rich companies to steal other rich companies money.

Foo Jinn Seng : The resemblance is uncanny

RayEttler : WAAAY too close to be just coincidence

Constantin Philippou : To my ears, both of the verses sounded 95% the same, to say the least...

Antonio Robbins : Rip off - peeps gotta start writing new stuff. It's too close. The only thing different is vocal melody which..... IS a lot BUT I have to admit even before hearing about this lawsuit - every time I heard ed's song, I always wanted to sing "let's get it on". So in essence - in my opinion - his melody wasn't strong enough to take out the build up and groove of the original which makes his less and less original.

Charles T. : Also, the Marvin Gaye original is still better then Ed’s blatantly copied version... the sad part is Ed is pretending that he didn’t steal this from marvin.....

Mark Emerson : Sounds like ed put his own melody over the original song. Just saying

berryfairy68 : Even if they were similar, to sue for something like this is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. People have become completely greedy and stupid 😑

wabbit1699 : The problem is that you had to slow down Let's Get It On to get there. That in itself makes it different, never mind the transition. Honestly, it would take something a lot more than this to convince me. Besides, the court cases have been all over the place. Not long after the Blurred Lines case came down, a different jury in the same jurisdiction found in favor of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant in the Stairway To Heaven case. This is going to come down to the 12 people that get seated in New York and whether they're willing to buy the nonsense arguments brought forth by the current holders of the Townsend copyright (a portion, btw, which only is worth 1/3 of the total song). Me? I don't buy it. But then again, because I have a college degree I'll almost never get put on a jury.

Charles T. : If Marvin Gaye never wrote let’s get it on, then Ed Sheran would NEVER have come up with this song.... obviously Ed stole it and Ed knows that he did... I knew it the very first time I heard Ed’s song.... kind of like the first time I heard robin thicke blurred lines....

williemo44 : Ripped off marvin man.

Philly Band : I assumed Ed sampled Marvin Gaye this whole time. Is he claiming he didn’t?? Give me a break. It’s a blatant rip off if that’s the case.

Ajax : It's just too similar.

bernardthedisappointedowl : Just wait for that hedgefund/dodgy lawyer to buy up the rights to the first recording of a 12 bar blues track - that will be the end of popular music, ^oo^

Chris Wojo : Yes. It is a complete ripoff.

David : Ed better pay up... Pop music needs to stop this rehashing of music, producers, lyrical content and so on... FFS its called originality?

Marten Dekker : I find the music is identical. I can't just use different lyrics & say it's a different song.

jerry abbott : It's a tricky one..... I think there's actually a better case for this than the blurred lines ones. Yes,Thinking out loud is a different song and no,you can't copyright a chord sequence but the trouble comes when,not only is the chord sequence virtually the same but the groove is identical too. If it was just one then fine,it's not a problem but when you have more than one element that's the same that's where problems arise. If Ed sheeran kept the same chords but with a completely different groove then no-one would be having this conversation

Joe S : Different key, different lyrics, different melody, different vibe. It’s a simple chord progression that has probably been used millions of times. Damn lawyers.

Susan Weissman : I agree with the dissenting judge....a dangerous precedent has been set which does not benefit any musician/composer but only benefits the few large concerns which own most of the music rights. This is not about the rights of the individual composer but more about what the large corporations who own the rights but don't create a thing can get away with to increase there profit. Follows the same lines as the 5000% increase in drug costs that a company that buys "rights" pulled a few years ago. It's all about $$$. The Supreme Court has deemed money to be free speech and corporations as people … supporting the "corporate superhuman" thus squashing the individual.

Taylor Made : This is a no brainer... He clearly stole this song

re hash : Lmao, what a ridiculous case. All that's similar is that it's got the same style of beat, which is like a standard RnB beat, featured in 100s of other RnB songs. And that chord progression is extremely common in rock and RnB. If you look back at songs from the 60s I wouldn't be surprised if you found something equally similar to Let's Get It On.

Bat Man : I told my kids this is a rip off when it was first played. So why doesn't everyone sue Rappers or DJ's who steal beats and samples? How is that different? Rock groups created lots of stuff you hear in rap songs and modern music.

Saxoprane : You cannot copyright a tempo You cannot copyright a rhythm You cannot copyright a chord progression

A Shade of Gray : At the opening of this video dude looks exactly like Anthony Bourdain. Is it just me or doesn't he?

Satchmo1991Music : For what it's worth, I counted how many times the two melodies matched up to the 16th note, including moments of rest, and found that the two melodies were doing the exact same thing almost 40% (39.8) of the time. This does include two moments of octave displacement. I didn't factor this in, but the contours of the melody are also very similar. Now, I'm not making any claims about this finding and I don't have the numbers for other melodic comparisons, but I at least find it interesting to think about.

Avtar Disange : I really like this person who clearly has a background in music, and has gone into some detail, on the two songs Thinking out Loud, and Lets get it on, this is nothing new, George Harrison, was sued, for My Sweet Lord, which was similar to He's so fine, by the Chiffons, i do not know enough about it all, to me, it does sound similar however not exactly, it is a white line situation, has anyone crossed it. You will need a group of music experts, to go through it like this guy has, and come to a conclusion, which he does not, he just asks us, what we think, whether they are close to each other or not. I think he knows deep down, the real answer, or very close to the real answer, what is the point of being in an industry for so long, like this person has, and all that expensive equipment, all that experience, he knows. He is just keeping it too himself. John Lennon once said " There are only a 100 people in the world who really understand music ". When they are in the Courtroom, it will be a judge who will decide, let us pray, that he knows, something about music, if not, you will get some crazy conclusions. Let us see what happens, the music industry, may have to get a few, musicians, in the Court, to hear some good songs, that will would be nice. The amount of money involved is lottery money, it is so high, for that amount of cash, most people would be happy, to call a chair a table, or cycle a car. Money talks, but it does not sing!

KENNETH STRIJDHAFTIG : They're obviously different songs. It is crazy . If my song has the same rythm and chord progression then it's already theft ? It's crazy , man.

trollstjerne : Its time for all the people in the Top 20 list to start suing each others, cause they all sound the same to me.

Austin Dyer : The law suit is an insane amount of money and well over the top.. but being fair, it is ridiculously similar though... He knew what he was doing when he copied the bass, chords and drums almost exactly. If he didn't he's an idiot.

ElHazSensor : lets just abolish copyright and be done with it

MAQ STUNNA : Plagiarism

GUITAR CODES : Ed is a cool dude and yet that's what happens when you're a lazy "songwriter". You just take famous chord sequences and get away with it. he did the same with perfect and amazing grace..it's a shame

Jason Bone : Just a heads up, I have copyright on 130 BPM.

Grave Terror : Complete ripoff