Ed Sheeran Hit With $100 Million Lawsuit Over ‘Thinking Out Loud’

New complaint alleges singer ripped off Marvin Gaye’s classic “Let’s Get It On”

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Ed Sheeran has been hit with another copyright infringement lawsuit claiming that the “Thinking Out Loud” singer-songwriter ripped off the Marvin Gaye classic “Let’s Get It On.”

Filed in U.S. District Court on Thursday, the lawsuit comes from the company Structured Asset Sales, which claims to own a portion of the song’s copyright. It is also a separate lawsuit from the one brought by the heirs of Gaye’s co-writer, Ed Townsend Jr., in 2016.

Similar to the 2016 suit, which was dismissed by a judge last year, the new lawsuit claims Sheeran’s song “Thinking Out Loud” rips off elements of “Let’s Get It On,” “including but not limited to the melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bass line, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and looping.”

According to Structured Asset Sales’ complaint, one of Townsend’s sons sold his one-third share of his father’s estate in 2003, giving the company the right to a portion of the proceeds from “Lets Get It On” and a stake in the copyright infringement case.

The company is suing Sheeran for damages in excess of $100 million. Sheeran’s labels, his co-writer Amy Wadge and producer Jake Gosling are also named as defendants in the suit.

This is just the latest copyright infringement case brought against Sheeran. In addition to the aforementioned 2016 lawsuit, the singer-songwriter was also forced to add two credited songwriters to his 2015 single “Photograph” after they claimed it was a note-for-note copy of a song they wrote for former “X-Factor” winner Matt Cardle.

He is also the subject of a pending $5 million lawsuit regarding a song he wrote for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

TheWrap has reached out to a representative of Sheeran for comment on the suit.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.