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Thicke, collaborators sue to protect 'Blurred Lines' from Gaye family

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Collaborators Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. have launched legal action against Marvin Gaye's family after the Motown star's relatives accused the trio of copying his work on their summer smash hit "Blurred Lines."

The Gaye family and bosses at Bridgeport Music, who own the rights to George Clinton's band Funkadelic's compositions, claim that "Blurred Lines" bears striking similarities to Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" and Funkadelic's track "Sexy Ways."

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However, Thicke, Williams and T.I., named in the suit as Clifford Harris Jr., have filed paperwork to protect their hit song, insisting that they have not broken any copyright but were simply evoking the funk era with the track. In legal papers filed at California Federal Court on Thursday, the trio argue that "being reminiscent of a 'sound' is not copyright infringement. The intent in producing 'Blurred Lines' was to evoke an era."

According to the suit, details of which were obtained by editors at The Hollywood Reporter, the trio state that they "have the utmost respect for and admiration of Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic and their musical legacies, (but) 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 further claims the Gaye family is alleging that "Blurred Lines" and "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."

The Gayes and executives at Bridgeport Music are said to be threatening litigation should the trio not pay a monetary settlement, but rather than wait for a lawsuit to proceed, the plaintiffs are going to court to determine the parties' respective rights and obligations. In seeking a judgment, Thicke, Williams and Harris Jr. are not only looking for a declaration that their song doesn't violate the defendants' rights by copying their songs, but also 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."

"Blurred Lines" has continued to dominate the U.S. charts, and earlier this week the track hit its tenth consecutive week at the No. 1 on the top ten countdown.

191Comments
Aug 19, 2013 5:12AM
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Typical American, steal something someone else worked hard on, and then try and sue the original creator for more money.  Even more typical is the greedy right-wing Nazis who support and endorse this type of "American" behavior.
Aug 19, 2013 1:59AM
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You people don't know what you are talking about. I've just listened to all three songs back to back to back and all over once again. The songs don't even vaguely sound similar. Too much hatred going on out there. You should all learn to just relax and enjoy life. You only get to live it once. There are better things to do than argue about a song. If it sounds so similar why didn't Marvin Gaye and Funkadelic sue each other when their songs came out. Somebody is just out to make a buck.
Aug 18, 2013 8:46PM
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CULTURAL THIEVES !  EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND?  NAW EVERYBODY LUVS WHATEVER BLACK PEOPLE DO!   BLACK PEOPLE CREATE AMERICAN CULTURE, ITS SO COOL TO DO WHAT BLACK PEOPLE DO! BUT; NOBODY WANTS TO BE BLACK! CUZ U MAY GET SHOT WHILE JUS WALKING HOME; DRINKING TEA, EATING CANDY; WEARING A HOODIE?  AMERICANS LUV THE WAY BLACK PEOPLE ARE CREATIVE, WALK, TALK, CHARISMA, SWAG, ON AND ON!   U.S.A=A NATION OF CULTURAL THIEVES!
Aug 18, 2013 7:32PM
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The song sucks. Who are they going to sue next? Bill Cosby because they don't want anyone to think they stole "Hey hey hey" either? I'm just waiting for this track to bite the dust, it's an embarrasment to real music and the video is way beyond sexist with naked girls running around left and right while the men remain fully clothed. It has to go, along with that new One Direction **** stealing every song known to man and calling it their own. What, are they going to sue The Clash for ripping off their **** too? Why isn't this the other way around it makes no sense!!!!
Aug 18, 2013 2:41PM
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Thicke and his no talent phukktards LIFTED the tracks NOTE FOR NOTE ..Rap isnt music Hip hip isnt a ifestyle ebonics isnt a language and NO ONE even listens to this crap that is over 9
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