Robin Thicke Sues Marvin Gaye's Family To Protect 'Blurred Lines'
The Huffington Post
By Kia Makarechi
Posted: 08/16/2013 8:48 am EDT | Updated: 08/16/2013 8:55 am EDT
Many have noted the similarity between Marvin Gaye's "Got to
Give It Up" and Robin Thicke's song-of-the-summer smash hit "Blurred
Lines," and now Thicke has gone on the offensive to ensure that the
sonic likeness of the two songs doesn't end up costing him any money.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news late Thursday: Thicke, along with Pharrell Williams and T.I., filed a lawsuit against Gaye's family and Bridgeport Music.
In the case, the trio of music makers say they have "the utmost respect
for and admiration of Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic and their musical
legacies," but must "reluctantly file this action in the face of
multiple adverse claims from alleged successors in interest to those
Gaye's family and Funkadelic (the relevant compositions of whom are
owned by Bridgeport), have insisted that "Blurred Lines" is too similar
to their original songs. Here's a bit of the tick-tock, courtesy of the
The suit claims the Gaye family is alleging that "Blurred
Lines" and Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" "feel" or "sound" the same, and
that the "Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as
opposed to a specific work."
As for Funkadelic, there's said to be claimed similarity between Thicke's hit and Funakedlic's "Sexy Ways."
"But there are no similarities between plaintiffs' composition and those
the claimants allege they own, other than commonplace musical
elements," states the lawsuit. "Plaintiffs created a hit and did it
without copying anyone else's composition
"Blurred Lines" is currently in its tenth week atop the Billboard Hot 100,
making it summer's biggest song. The lawsuit, however, isn't the first
controversy to hit the track — an earlier dust-up with critics who found
the lyrics and x-rated music video to be misogynistic was eventually brushed aside by Thicke himself.
Listen to "Blurred Lines" above and Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up"
below and let us know what you think in the comments. For more, head over to THR.