Robin Thicke And Pharrell Williams Sue Marvin Gaye’s Family Over ‘Blurred Lines’
Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and TI are suing Marvin Gaye’s family to protect their hit track ‘Blurred Lines’.
The summer hit received criticism from both Gaye’s family and Bridgeport Music when it was first released. They have claimed that ‘Blurred Lines’ directly steals from Marvin Gaye’s song ‘Got To Give It Up’ and the Funkadelic track ‘Sexy Ways’.
Both Gaye’s family and Bridgeport were looking to receive financial compensation for the so called copyright violation. Billboard recently reports, Thicke, Williams and TI have filed a lawsuit of their own against both parties in order to determine their rights.
The trio also said they have been wrongly accused of ripping of ‘Got To Give It Up’ as the “Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work”. Meanwhile they say ‘Sexy Ways’ shares “no similarities between plaintiffs’ composition and those the claimants allege they own, other than common musical elements. Plaintiffs created a hit and did it without copying anyone else’s composition.”
The suit also points out that “being reminiscent of a ‘sound’ is not copyright infringement’ and that “the intent in producing ‘Blurred Lines’ was to evoke an era” oppose to a specific song.
Take a listen to both ‘Got To Give It Up’ and ‘Blurred Lines’ below: