The battle between Robin Thicke and Marvin Gaye’s family rages on after the estate of Marvin Gaye has refused to accept a six-figure settlement over copyright infringement, according to CBS News and Billboard magazine reports on Friday.
To put an end to a legal dispute, Robin Thicke’s camp offered to pay a six-figure sum to the Marvin Gaye family over the controversy surrounding the Gaye family’s charges that Thicke copied Gaye’s 1977 hit song “Got To Give It Up.” Thicke, whose song “Blurred Lines” – which has been the biggest hit song of the summer with now having spent 11 weeks on top of the national recording industry’s Billboard music chart – is being called a copy of Marvin Gaye’s classic recording by Gaye’s family.
Additionally, Thicke is being accused of plagiarizing “Sexy Ways” – from the Funkadelics’ 1974 album “Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On” – by the Bridgeport Music publishing company even though George Clinton, the co-writer and lead singer of the Funkadelics says that he doesn’t believe Thicke has plagiarized.
After Thicke’s offer to settle the case was turned down by Gaye’s family, Thicke’s attorneys filed a lawsuit on Aug. 15 in Los Angeles asking for a federal judge to state that “Blurred Lines” was, in fact, not a copy of “Got To Give It Up” and “Sexy Ways.”
In the lawsuit, Thicke is hoping that the judge will agree that “Blurred Lines” has the feel of an era of popular music from the 1970s but does not make the song a copyright infringement.
The lawsuit could have dire impact on the future of music writing, record producing, and song performing on the music business as this is likely the first time that someone is claiming copyright infringement for a song that doesn’t actually copy the words and music of the song – but basically, imitates the genre of the music. The bottom line is that the case will decide if a unique genre of music can be copyrighted or not – as in the unique sound of Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” recording.