Robin Thicke Files Suit Against Marvin Gaye’s Family to Protect ‘Blurred Lines’

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  • One of the bad things about having a huge hit record is that some folks think you’re their ticket to getting over on you.

    Case in point is Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell’s humongous hit “Blurred Lines”. They’ve attracted the attention of Marvin Gaye’s family and Bridgeport Music, which owns some of Funkadelic’s compositions. Apparently the Gaye family and Bridgeport Music think they’re entitled to “Blurred Lines” motherlode

    However, in order to shield “Blurred Lines” from possible litigation, the creators/performers of the massive hit are being proactive have gone to court. A lawsuit was filed Thursday in a California federal court by the trio against Gaye’s family and Bridgeport Music.

    The suit, says The Hollywood Reporter, 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.

    According to the suit, a copy of which was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, “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.”

     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.”

    And quite frankly we agree.

    If you listen to Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it UP” and Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”, it’s hard to say the songs sound alike.

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    10 thoughts on “Robin Thicke Files Suit Against Marvin Gaye’s Family to Protect ‘Blurred Lines’

    1. When he filed the suit, he admitted guilt. The moral thing to do is to get the lawyers to the table and work out a deal and keep it moving.

    2. Look, my 22 yr old son stated that it was the music from Marvin Gaye when he first heard it. This is a no brainer. Thicke ‘Got to give it up’. Lol I cracked myself up on that one.

    3. A pro-active lawsuit? A lawsuit before the the lawsuit? It’s not just the artists being creative. By the way the songs do sound similar, but they are not the same. I like them both.

    4. I think he’s suing, because obviously someone has brought it to their attention pertaining to the similarity of Blurred Line to Got to Give it Up (Marvin Gaye’s) song. Although I like the song blurred lines, the first time I heard the song, I kept saying to myself, this song sounds like a Marvin Gaye song, but I couldn’t put my finger on the name of the song, until I read Thicke’s et al law suit, then I said “Bingo” that’s the song! I guess Thicke et al believe in “the best defense is to attack”.

      • Telly, go to you-tube and listen to all three songs, those songs do not sound alike. The only thing is musical elements but you can still hear the big differences in the songs.

        • You are right!
          They do not sound alike, and the Gaye family needs to step back on this one.
          Not cool, and way off base.

    5. Fact is, that nowadays the people who are getting rich in the music industry are not artists – they are actors and players. Not long ago, music actors would simply “re-make” real music that they believe was forgotten by the public and passed it off as their own. But, lawsuits started popping up like weeds.

      Then these music actors started stealing lyrics from the past and singing them to new music or stealing music and playing it to new lyrics. And this became common practice in R&B and Rap.

      But, today these music actors cleverly mix up pieces from different arrangements and “freshen up” the lyrics with current slang to the point that the sound (as they said above) “feels” strikingly familiar. This mixing up of the music has but one purpose: to prevent anyone from being able to prove that it’s stolen music.

      This is no different from when they put white faces on black album covers in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Jay-Z, R Kelly and Will.I.am do it all the time.

      Notice that it says, “Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work”? This is being very technical, isn’t it?

      So now, the Gaye family is being sued for alleging that two pieces “feel” or “sound” the same? This is really being proactive. The suit is essentially stating publicly that no one should believe the Gaye family if they claim we stole their music, because they can’t prove it.

      This is just as ridiculous as the writer stating that it’s hard to say the songs sound alike. You’re kidding. But the first sentence is absolutely correct, except Marvin was the one with the hit records and Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell are the ones trying to get over!!

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