Marvin Gaye’s family has accused Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. of copyright infringement. The claim is that the trio has blurred the lines between their summer smash hit and Marvin Gaye’s 1977 dance hit ‘Got To Give It Up’. In the effort to protect the success of ‘Blurred Lines’, Thicke and his two co-composers, Pharrell and T.I., have filed a lawsuit against the family.
Thicke has also been accused of copying vocal melodies from ‘Sexy Ways’ by George Clinton’s Funk/Soul band Funkadelic.
Thicke has always had a deep respect and admiration for R&B, Funk and Soul music. According to the papers filed at the California Federal Court on Thursday, Thicke, Pharrell and T.I. maintain that “being reminiscent of a sound” does not constitute copyright infringement.
The Gaye family and the owners of Bridgeport Music, who has the rights to Funkadelic’s compositions beg to differ.