Robin Thicke Sues Marvin Gaye's Family Over Claims of Plagiarism Regarding 'Blurred Lines'
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 08.16.2013
He says it's not a copy...
Robin Thicke has filed a lawsuit on along with Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris, Jr. against the family of Marvin Gaye and Bridgeport Music, defending themselves against claims that they stole from Gaye's music for their track "Blurred Lines." Billboard reports that the trio filed the lawsuit yesterday after Gaye's family claimed that "Blurred Lines" has the same "feel" or "sound" as Gaye's "Got to Give It Up."
The lawsuit noted that "Plaintiffs, who have the utmost respect for and admiration of Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic and their musical legacies, reluctantly file this action in the face of multiple adverse claims from alleged successors in interest to those artists. Defendants continue to insist that plaintiffs' massively successful composition, 'Blurred Lines,' copies 'their' compositions."
The suit argues that the "Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work."
The news came after a New York Times critic said that "Blurred Lines" is "influenced heavily" by "Got to Give It Up," thought the lawsuit notes that "being reminiscent of a 'sound' is not copyright infringement. The intent in producing 'Blurred Lines' was to evoke an era."
The suit claims that the Gayes and Bridgeport threatening litigation should the plaintiffs not pay up and the three want a court to determine the parties' respective rights and obligations.