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Report: Marvin Gaye's family turn down Robin Thicke settlement


Marvin Gaye's family has turned down a six-figure settlement from Robin Thicke as he attempts to end an ongoing battle over similarities between his summer hit "Blurred Lines" and soul classic "Got To Give It Up," according to a report.

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Members of the late soul legend's family are currently embroiled in a lawsuit with the R&B hitmaker over his tune, claiming Thicke plagiarized "Got To Give it Up," while Thicke maintains "Blurred Lines" does not infringe on Gaye's song.

 Thicke reportedly offered up the settlement to preempt a copyright infringement lawsuit, but the family rejected it, according to

Earlier this month, Thicke, along with the song's co-writers Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris, Jr., aka T.I., filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles requesting a ruling that "Blurred Lines" does not infringe on "Got To Give It Up."

 The lawsuit reads, "Defendants continue to insist that plaintiffs' massively successful composition, Blurred Lines, copies 'their' compositions."

The suit upset Gaye's family members and the late singer's son Marvin Gaye III tells, “We’re not happy with the way that he went about doing business let alone suing us for something where he clearly got his inspiration from at the least. That’s caused my family a lot of duress.”

Sep 5, 2013 9:37AM
I heard that part of the settlement was that he was willing to give them 140 naked pictures of Miley dancing on his pole....In a reply to that offer, all of them promptly threw up , then left the room.......
Sep 4, 2013 10:18AM
This guy is almost as talented as his dad.  (sarcasm)
Sep 3, 2013 4:48AM
It's just as similar to "Give it to Me" by J. Giles Band from around the same time period. Lot's of songs have a groove and this is just another one. Gaye's family should have taken the settlement, because they really don't have a case !
Sep 2, 2013 2:10AM
i thought that the entire backing track was a looped sample of the Marvin Gaye track. I figure all songwriting credits and royalties would go to his estate. Plenty of precedents: My Sweet Lord, Has Anybody Seen My Baby, Bittersweet Symphony...
Sep 2, 2013 12:38AM
I guess plagiarism doesn't apply to every rap song made in the 1980's, huh? Racists.
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