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Marvin Gaye’s Family Rejected Robin Thicke’s Six-Figure Offer

by Thicke‘s preemptive attempt at making nice with the members of Marvin Gaye‘s family has seemingly backfired.

Billboard reports that Thicke offered a six-figure sum to Gaye’s estate after the family accused Thicke of copying Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give it Up” for “Blurred Lines.”  But the effort to head off a copyright infringement battle over any similarities between the records was rejected. 

Since then Thicke and his co-authors have filed suit seeking to have a court pre-emptively declare that “Blurred Lines” does not plagiarize “Got to Give It Up.”  Also the target of Thicke’s suit is publisher Bridgeport Music which controls the copyright on Funkadelic’s 1974 song “Sexy Ways,” which Thicke is also accused of lifting material from.

The singer — as well as co-writers Pharrell Williams and Clifford “T.I.” Harris, Jr — filed suit in Los Angeles District Court on August 15 against Gaye’s family and Bridgeport Music.  The suit claims that the trio “created a hit and did it without copying anyone else’s composition.”  The suit also declares the “intent in producing ‘Blurred Lines’ was to evoke an era. In reality, the Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre…. The reality is that the songs themselves are starkly different.”

Meanwhile, Gaye’s son, Marvin Gaye III, recently told TMZ, “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.”

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