Robin Thicke’s song, ‘Blurred Lines’ became a summer smash but not without scrutiny and controversy. Many believed the song bared a striking resemblance to Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit, ‘Got to Give it Up’.
In August, Thicke and Williams preemptively sought a court ruling to ensure that the song did not violate any copyright laws with regards to Gaye’s 1977 hit.
This is the problem. The Gaye family has discovered magazine interviews with Thicke admitting to drawing inspiration from ‘Got to Give it Up’ while creating and recording ‘Blurred Lines’. They intend to use this as evidence.
The suit was brought forward by Gaye’s three children, Nona, Frankie and Marvin Gaye III, who also states that Thicke’s 2011 song, ‘Love After War’ borrows from their father’s 1976 song, ‘After the Dance’. Paula Patton, who collaborated on ‘Love After War’, is included in the suit, along with several major labels involved with the releasing the song..
Copyright infringement can carry a fine of up to $150, 000 per infringement, which is what the Gaye family is currently requesting. For more information on Copyrights, feel free to visit copyright.gov.
Is this a case of influence being the sincerest form of flattery or a blatant rip-off?