Ed Sheeran‘s legal battle with Ed Townsend has been put on hold until a decision is reached in a similar copyright case involving Led Zeppelin‘s “Stairway to Heaven.”
Manhattan District Judge Louis Stanton canceled the case’s September trial in an effort to wait for the verdict of the case between Led Zeppelin and California band Spirit, who claim “Stairway to Heaven” plagiarized their 1968 song “Taurus,” Billboard reports.
The report says Stanton asked the two parities to “take the summer off” and said they will be summoned after the Zeppelin case is decided.
In 2016, Townshend filed a lawsuit against Sheeran claiming the “Shape of You” singer’s 2014 hit single “Thinking Out Loud” plagiarized portions of his and Marvin Gaye‘s 1973 classic “Let’s Get It On.”
In January, Stanton rejected Sheeran’s request to dismiss the lawsuit, saying, “Although the two compositions are not identical, an average lay observer could conclude that parts of TOL were appropriated from LGO.”
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