Ed Sheeran's stroke of good luck has just come to an end.
According to the lawsuit, Sheeran's song has the same melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bassline, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and looping as the '70s banger, which was written by Gaye and a guy named Edward Townsend in 1973.
Ed Sheeran is facing a lawsuit for allegedly ripping off a Marvin Gaye song. The company is now seeking $100 million in damages for infringement.
Other defendants listed in the claim include Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the Atlantic record label and Amy Padge, Sheeran's co-writer on the song.
When Townsend died in 2003, one-third of the rights to the song were purchased by Structured Asset Sales.
He's one of the most brilliant songwriters of our time but now Ed Sheeran's credibility is being questioned after being slapped with a plagiarism lawsuit. Believe it or not, but "Thinking Out Loud" is not the only song of Sheeran's to be scrutinized in court.
On March 21, a federal appeals court upheld a $5.3 million judgment for Gaye's family against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for copying from another of his songs, 1977's "Got to Give It Up", for their 2013 smash "Blurred Lines".
"It's sort of 'catch-me-if-you-can, ' after the fact", he said.
This new claim has been filed by a company called Structured Asset Sales - which owns part of the copyright of Gaye's song.