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.