Billboard reported today that “Blurred Lines” singer Robin Thicke initially offered Marvin Gaye’s family a six-figure settlement to scuttle any copyright issues over his song’s similarity to Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” Marvin Gaye’s family rejected the offer, which led to Robin Thicke suing the family in U.S. District Court. Thicke’s lawsuit seeks a court order affirming that “Blurred Lines” does not infringe upon any copyright held by Marvin Gaye’s heirs or George Clinton.
Robin Thicke told GQ earlier this year that, “One of my favorite songs of all time was Marvin Gaye's 'Got to Give It Up.' I was like, 'Damn, we should make something like that, something with that groove.' Then he started playing a little something and we literally wrote the song [“Blurred Lines”] in about a half hour and recorded it. The whole thing was done in a couple hours.”
The "Got to Give It Up" singer's son, Marvin Gaye III, told TMZ earlier this week that, “"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."
Thicke’s lawyers have claimed that any similarity between “Blurred Lines” and the tracks in questions is a result of them all being in the same genre. His lawyers have denied that this summer’s biggest hit in any way copies those earlier works.