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.
18 months later a company called Structured Asset Sales, which owns one third of the copyright to the song, added itself to the fray. The company originally tried to join the Townsend lawsuit but their request was turned down. As a result, Structured Asset Sales filed a suit on June 28, 2018 citing similarities in the "melody, harmony, and rhythm compositions" of the songs. The suit asks for $100 million in damages, as well as costs and attorney's fees.