Robin Thicke sues to stop Marvin Gaye's family from suing over 'Blurred Lines'
Now that Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines is the official theme of the Summer of '13 (or at least shares the title with Daft Punk's Get Lucky), the endless comparisons to Marvin Gaye's Got To Give It Up and Funkadelic's Sexy Ways have apparently gotten under his skin. Thicke, Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris Jr. have sued Gaye's family and Bridgeport Music to protect Blurred Lines. The judge sure didn't see that one coming.
"Plaintiffs, who have the utmost respect for and admiration of Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic and their musical legacies, reluctantly file this action in the face of multiple adverse claims from alleged successors in interest to those artists," the lawsuit reads, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Defendants continue to insist that plaintiffs' massively successful composition, Blurred Lines, copies 'their' compositions."
THR says the filing says Gaye's family claims Blurred Lines has the same "feel" or "sound" as Got To Give It Up, if not an outright sample. BridgeportMusic owns some of Funkadelic's compositions, including Sexy Ways.
"Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work," the suit reads. "But there are no similarities between plaintiffs' composition and those the claimants allege they own, other than commonplace musical elements. Plaintiffs created a hit and did it without copying anyone else's composition."
The three plaintiffs are filing now to stem any potential litigation demanding money, THR says. Thicke and Co. want the court to rule they are not violating the Gaye family's or Bridgeport's rights, and absolves them of future copyright claims.
Funkadelic member emeritus George Clinton tweeted his thoughts late Thursday night, writing "No sample of #Funkadelic's 'Sexy Ways' in @RobinThicke's 'Blurred Lines' - yet Armen Boladian thinks so? We support @RobinThicke @Pharrell!" Boladian is the head of Bridgeport Music.
— George Clinton (@george_clinton) August 16, 2013
So what do you think? Is Blurred Lines a blatant rip off? Listen to the tunes in question above and decide for yourself. Not that it matters, unless a court rules on it.