Marvin Gaye III is out to defend his father’s legacy against Robin Thicke, who recently filed a suit against the late singer’s estate in an attempt to protect himself against copyright infringement suits for his viral single “Blurred Lines.”
Gaye’s reps say that the Pharrell and T.I.-assisted track swiped musical elements from the Motown legend and is now taking legal action.
“If you listen to the music, I’m sure anyone will see the similarities clearly between what my father does and what Robin Thicke has been trying to do,” Gaye III told TMZ.
The suit references similarities found in Thicke’s smash hit “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” as well as Thicke’s “Million Dollar Baby” to Gaye’s “Trouble Man.” The Gaye family has accused Thicke of being constantly inspired by an artist that he has not given credit to.
“We’re all fans of Robin Thicke’s, as well as he’s a fan of my father’s. What our point is, is that there’s a way to do business and a way not to do business,” Gaye III continued. “And we’re not happy with the way he’s went about doing the business, let alone suing us over what he clearly got his inspiration from at the least.”
He adds, “Why would he need to protect himself from if he didn’t do anything? My counsel is in the process of taking care of business.”