Robin Thicke filed a federal lawsuit against Marvin Gaye’s kids denying that his summer hit “Blurred Lines” is a rip-off of one of Gaye’s songs.
Thicke said the three Gaye kids warned him that “Blurred Lines” used musical elements of their father’s 1977 hit “Got To Give it Up.” In a pre-emptive move to protect his hit song that sold 4.6 million in three months, Thicke has filed the lawsuit with his collaborators Pharrell Williams and Clifford (“T.I.”) Harris Jr. in Los Angeles federal court Thursday.
The Gayes have reportedly tried to score tons of money with a possible out-of-court settlement with Thicke to avoid a nasty legal fight.
Thicke and his collaborators said the Gayes claim “Blurred Lines” and their dad’s song “feel” or “sound” the same. But the men behind “Blurred Lines” argued: “being reminiscent of a ‘sound’ is not copyright infringement,” adding that they “created a hit and did it without copying anyone else’s composition.”
For his part, Thicke has acknowledged that Gaye’s song inspired him. He told GQ: “Pharrell and I were in the studio and I told him that 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.’ Then he started playing a little something and we literally wrote the song in about a half-hour and recorded it.”
“Blurred Lines” is in its 10th week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Its video has over 137 million views.
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