Robin Thicke Sues Marvin Gaye’s Family To Protect His Song ‘Blurred Lines’ [Details]

Rucuss staffAugust 16, 2013

There is a similarity between Robin Thicke’s smash hit Blurred Lines and Marvin Gaye’s Got to Give It Up.

But is it enough to warrant a lawsuit by Gaye’s family? Some speculate that Gaye’s family may have a case so Thicke has gone on the offensive to ensure that the similarities of the two songs doesn’t end up costing him any money. The Hollywood Reporter reports Thicke, along with Pharrell Williams and T.I. filed a lawsuit against Gaye’s family and Bridgeport Music.

In the documents, Thicke, Williams and T.I. said 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 artists.”

The Gaye family alleges 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.”

Funkadelic, the relevant compositions of whom are owned by Bridgeport, believes the “Plaintiffs created a hit and did it without copying anyone else’s composition.”

Thicke’s Blurred Lines sits atop of the Billboard Hot 100 chart and is easily the summer’s biggest song. Listen to Blurred Lines and Gaye’s Got to Give It Up below.

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