Robin Thicke attempted to settle the lawsuit filed against him by Marvin Gaye’s family with a six-figure settlement, however, according to Billboard, the offer was rejected.

As we reported earlier, Frankie Christian Gaye, Marvin Gaye III and Nona Marvisa Gaye filed a copyright infringement case against the blue-eyed soul singer for sampling Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give it Up” in his latest chart-topping single “Blurred Lines.”

During a recent interview with TMZ, Marvin Gaye III said the family of the late R&B singer is “not happy with the way that [Robin Thicke] went about doing business let alone suing us for something where he clearly got his inspiration from at the least.”

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Gaye’s son was referring Thicke’s countersuit, which he filed on August 15 with “Blurred Lines” co-writers Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris, Jr. In the legal documents, the trio claim the intent in producing the record “was to evoke an era.”

“In reality, the Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre…. The reality is that the songs themselves are starkly different,” it reads.

Despite the controversy, Thicke does not deny that he used Gaye’s record for inspiration. “One of my favorite songs of all time was Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got to Give It Up.’ I was like, ‘Damn, we should make something like that, something with that groove,’” he said in an interview with GQ. “Then he started playing a little something and we literally wrote the song in about a half hour and recorded it. The whole thing was done in a couple hours.”

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12 thoughts on “‘Blurred Lines’: Marvin Gaye’s Family Rejects Robin Thicke’s Six-Figure Settlement

  1. Marvin Gaye was one of the Greats! Of course he would want to do his music, but he was wrong, as he has seemed to be lately. His style has changed. I liked him because he was smooth as a white guy doing some love ballads that were the bomb, but lately he has really gotten risky in his choices. He should have been sued. These artist can find their own inspiration and make their own beats, tunes, hell that the way it was…that is the way Marvin did it. No, don’t settle for meager amounts. Make him pay!!!!

  2. Valerie A. Dyer on said:

    The other song he sampled by Marivn Gaye was done with Faith Evans, Got 2 be down. The whole flow of the song is totally Marvin Gaye especially the hook “got That Lovin Got That Seed,
    got That Suga Got That Sweet, got That Money Got That Beat, got That Whatever U Need, oh I Cant Hide It Ure My World, got Me Thinking Im No Good, chocolate Lover Youre So Sweet, got Me Thinkin On My Feet.

  3. Sheridan on said:

    When sampling get permission, discuss compensation with the originator or their families. All acknowledgements are in order, everyone is respectful as well as respected. Business people, please handle your business accordingly. This type of actions will only get the lawyers paid.

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  5. Rutherford on said:

    This is another example of a copyright system in dire need of overhaul. This is the 21st century. We don’t treat sampling the same way we did when Queen was concerned with Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice, Baby,” sampling “Under Pressure.” We live in an age with Daft Punk, Girl Talk and Kanye West where other artists music is ripe for reinvention.

    The problem isn’t the use of the music to create a new song, and don’t be mistaken, this sort of use is innovation, not that they “take from the old school because they can’t create for themselves.” Artists use other artists work in homage, not out of theft. The problem is artists like Marvin Gaye who sue in situations like these rather than enjoying the fact that a whole new generation of listeners will have a chance to enjoy his music. These people don’t view their music as pieces of art, they view their music as a product on a shelf to be bought and sold. They view their music as dollar bills in their wallet and that is all.

  6. redbone1954 on said:

    The family is right he needs to pay up and this is not the firstt time Robin Thicke has “sampled” some of Marvin Gayes music what is wrong with him? He sampled Marvin Gayes Trouble man also and has not given the family anything. Pay up and stop using material without permission!!!!

  7. SayWhat on said:

    There is no way Thicke didn’t know his song sounds like Got to Give It Up. He claims to be a fan of Marvin Gay so he had to know. The Gaye family should have rejected his offer. I don’t blame them for wanting to resolve the issue in a court of law.

  8. Robin, you wrong!! Just stop it already!!! I’m thinking that “settlement” was probably a slap in the face to the Gaye family/estate. If this goes to trial, it won’t end good for Robin IMO.

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