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It's a thin line between plagiarism and inspiration

Music greats draw inspiration from their forebears and many artists get clearance to use samples from previously recorded works

Ed Sheeran (above) was sued recently for copying Let’s Get It On, a 1973 song by late soul legend Marvin Gaye, on his 2014 hit Thinking Out Loud. PHOTOS: REUTERS, ASSOCIATED PRESS

When news broke last week that Ed Sheeran was getting sued for copying Let's Get It On, a 1973 song by late soul legend Marvin Gaye, on his 2014 hit Thinking Out Loud, my first reaction was, "Here we go again".

It was the third time that the English pop star was facing such allegations and he is only the latest in a long line of prominent artists who have been accused of plagiarising those who came before them.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 05, 2018, with the headline 'It's a thin line between plagiarism and inspiration'. Subscribe