The family of the late Motown legend recently turned down a reported six-figure settlement offer from the reps of Robin Thicke, concerning the ongoing copyright infringement battle over this summer’s biggest hit “Blurred Lines”. The settlement offer was in response of accusations that Thicke sampled from Gaye’s 1977 chart-topping hit “Got to Give It Up” without permission. Gaye’s son Marvin Gaye III has stated of the family’s displeasure, over Thicke’s way of doing business, as well as suing them for something he had obviously gotten inspiration from.
Meanwhile, Thicke has stated that his song “Blurred Lines” had the intention of evoking the era of where “Got to Give it Up” came from, though he has admitted of drawing heavily on the song, when writing and recording his own. On August 15th, Thicke, along with co-writers and collaborators Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris Jr. (aka T.I.) filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles District Courts, requesting a ruling that “Blurred Lines” did not infringe on “Got to Give it Up”. Thicke has also received similar accusations from Bridgeport Music Inc., which published music from George Clinton. How different are the three songs will perhaps now be up to a judge to decide.
Meanwhile, “Blurred Lines” continues to top the Billboard Hot 100 charts, for the eleventh consecutive week.