Legal battle over Ed Sheeran‘s “Thinking Out Loud” Closes


The years-long legal battle over Ed Sheeran‘s “Thinking Out Loud” has officially drawn to a close.

The heirs of Ed Townsend, co-writer on Marvin Gaye‘s “Let’s Get It On”, who sued Sheeran in 2016 for allegedly infringing the classic song in his smash 2014 single, have officially dropped their appeal in the long-running case, according to court documents filed last Wednesday (Sept. 20).

The appeal was withdrawn with prejudice, meaning the Townsend heirs cannot refile the case at a later date; the filing does not provide a reasoning for their decision.

The development comes nearly five months after Sheeran won a jury verdict that his song did not infringe Gaye’s, and nearly four months after his accusers launched their appeal.