Two of Marvin Gaye’s children – Nona Marvisa Gaye and Frankie Christian Gaye – have sued Robin Thicke and his collaborators over the song “Blurred Lines” on Wednesday according to a report by MSN on Wednesday.
In the lawsuit, those involved with the song are accused of copyright infringement and claim that EMI – the music company – failed to protect Marvin Gaye’s legacy. The song that they claim was copied is “Got to Give It Up.” The lawsuit is trying to stop Thicke and his collaborators Pharrell and T.I. from using “elements” of Marvin Gaye’s music in ”Blurred Lines” and other songs. Additionally, the lawsuit accuses Thicke of improperly using Gaye’s song “After the Dance” in his song “Love After War.”
Regarding the allegations, Thicke has denied copying Gaye’s legendary song. Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” incidentally, has topped the Billboard Hot 100 national recording chart longer than any other song released in 2013 – and it has sold more than 6 million copies so far.
A great deal of the new lawsuit focuses on a claim that EMI should have pursued a copyright infringement claim against Thicke and the others. It also claims that EMI’s executives tried to intimidate Marvin Gaye’s family from pursuing the lawsuit. EMI is owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
The company – which also earns money from “Blurred Lines” sales as well - says it takes its role of protecting its songwriters’ works from infringement very seriously.
The company says that a leading musicologist has analyzed the two songs and has concluded that “Blurred Lines” does not infringe “Got To Give It Up.”
Two months ago, Thicke and his collaborators filed a case in which a federal judge was asked to rule that “Blurred Lines” does not infringe on “Got To Give It Up.”
Marvin Gaye III – another one of Marvin Gaye’s children – may also file legal action over the issue, but he is not part of the current federal court case.