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Robin Thicke, Pharrell, T.I. Sue Marvin Gaye's Family

August 16, 2013  |  12:00pm
Robin Thicke, Pharrell, T.I. Sue Marvin Gaye's Family

When Robin Thicke’s croon wooed its way to the top of the charts, nobody knew he’d end up battling the blurred lines of copyright issues. But alas, Marvin Gaye’s family and Bridgeport Music have attempted to receive financial compensation from Thicke, Pharrell and T.I. for the similarities between “Blurred Lines,” Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” and Funkadelic’s “Sexy Ways.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gaye’s family and Bridgeport are threatening litigation unless the trio agrees on a monetary settlement. However, Thicke, Pharrell and T.I. are skipping that process completely by filing a suit of their own.

The suit reads that “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.” The trio claims that while the song is heavily influenced by Gaye’s track, it’s certainly not copyright infringement. “Blurred Lines” is said to “evoke an era,” and the suit claims that “being reminiscent of a ‘sound’ is not copyright infringement.”

Funkadelic’s George Clinton recently took to Twitter to express his support of Thicke’s crew, claiming that “No sample of #Funkadelic’s ‘Sexy Ways’ in @robinthicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ – yet Armen Boladian thinks so? We support @robinthicke @Pharrell!”

Thicke’s lawsuit seeks to prove that “the Gayes do not have an interest in the copyright to the composition ‘Got To Give It Up’ sufficient to confer standing on them to pursue claims of infringement of that composition.”

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