The heirs of Ed Townsend, Marvin Gaye's co-writer and co-producer on "Let's Get It On
," sued Ed Sheeran for plagiarism claiming he lifted key parts of the 1973 soul classic.
The lawsuit claims, according to Reuters: "The Defendants copied the 'heart' of 'Let's' and repeated it continuously throughout 'Thinking.' The melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic compositions of 'Thinking' are substantially and/or strikingly similar to the drum composition of 'Let's.'"
The suit came two months after musicians Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard sued Sheeran for allegedly stealing pieces of "Photograph
A federal judge dismissed the suit as Townsend's heirs failed to serve the complaint before the deadline of January 20, 2017.