Robin Thicke, Pharrell and T.I. File ‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit Against Marvin Gaye Family
“Blurred Lines” may be Robin Thicke’s most successful song to date, but it’s certainly come with a plethora of drama. Since its release, the family of legendary singer Marvin Gaye have claimed that the song is a ripoff of “Got to Give It Up.” While it was assumed the family would bring a copyright infringement suit against Thicke, Williams and T.I., the latter decided to prevent the inevitable by filing their own lawsuit against the family.
Filed in a California federal court, the plaintiffs also address Bridgeport Music, who claims “Blurred Lines” sounds like Funkadelics’ “S*xy Ways.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the initial claim reads:
“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. Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work. But there are no similarities between plaintiffs’ composition and those the claimants allege they own, other than commonplace musical elements. Plaintiffs created a hit and did it without copying anyone else’s composition.”
Vixens, do you think “Blurred Lines” is a copycat or strictly original? Listen to Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” below and tell us your thoughts.