It has been widely reported that the family of legendary singer Marvin Gaye is threatening legal action against US singer Robin Thicke (along with Pharrell Williams and Clifford Joseph Harris, known as T.I.) over US and UK No.1 single ‘Blurred Lines’. It is said that Gaye’s family have claimed the 2013 hit sounds remarkably similar to Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” which was released in 1977.
If that was not enough to contend with, US publishing company Brigdeport Music are also alleging that ‘Blurred Lines’ also sounds like 1970s band Funkadelic’s ‘Sexy Ways’. Both the family of Marvin Gaye and Bridgeport are threatening legal action if they are not paid for use of aspects of songs that they own the rights to.
In response, representatives for Thicke, Williams and Harris have filed a suit in Federal Court in California against Gaye’s family and Bridgeport alleging that the Gaye family’s claim is “especially absurd” as they are “claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work.”
LitigationSpy will be keeping tabs on this story to see how it develops.