Marvin Gaye's Family Rejects Settlement Offer Over Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 08.23.2013
The lawsuit moves forward...
Marvin Gaye's family have turned down a six-figure settlement from Robin Thicke's people in regard to a copyright infringement lawsuit over the megahit of the summer. As we previously reported, Thicke filed a pre-emptive suit along with co-writers Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris, Jr. last week in response to claims that "Blurred Lines" infringed on both Gaye's "Got To Give It Up" and George Clinton's "Sexy Ways." The suit asks that a judge rule that the song doesn't infringe on either of those songs.
Gaye's family were reportedly offered a settlement before the lawsuit was filed according to Billboard but rejected the offer. All parties involved declined to comment, though Marvin Gaye III had previously told TMZ, "We're not happy with the way that he went about doing business let alone suing us for something where he clearly got his inspiration from at the least."
The Gaye family is accusing Thicke of ripping off stylistic elements that make the songs very similar. Thicke's lawsuit replied that the "intent in producing 'Blurred Lines' was to evoke an era. In reality, the Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre.... The reality is that the songs themselves are starkly different."