‘Let’s Get It On’ songwriter’s estate ends Ed Sheeran copyright fight

The heirs of a musician who co-wrote Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” have agreed to drop their appeal of a U.S. jury verdict clearing British pop star Ed Sheeran of allegations his song “Thinking Out Loud” illegally copied Gaye’s classic.

A court filing on Wednesday said that songwriter Ed Townsend’s estate would withdraw the appeal with prejudice, which means it cannot be refiled.

Sheeran’s lawyer Ilene Farkas on Thursday said the estate “recognized that an appeal would end up with the verdict being affirmed but also with them being exposed to legal fees and costs, and wisely withdrew.”

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