Marvin Gaye’s Children Settle in Lawsuit Against Sony, Robin Thicke
Earlier in 2013, Marvin Gaye’s children filed a lawsuit against EMI and Robin Thicke, alleging that hit “Blurred Lines” was very similar to “Got to Give It Up” and that Thicke had also borrowed other songs from Gaye’s back catalog. On Tuesday, a settlement was reached in their copyright infringement lawsuit for an undisclosed amount.
According to a report from The Source, a judge in Los Angeles court dismissed the lawsuit against EMI, now owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing. However, as part of the agreement, Gaye’s children can never bring such a claim to court again.
Prior to the resolution, Thicke, as well as T.I. and Pharrell, requested a federal judge to rule “Blurred Lines” was not a copy.
The initial lawsuit, according to The Hollywood Reporter, sought to prevent Thicke from ever using Gaye’s music in other songs, claiming that Gaye’s “After the Dance” was used in Thicke’s “Love After War” and that Thicke used Gaye’s material on other tracks as well. Additionally, they claimed EMI breached a contract regarding Gaye’s back catalog and did not act neutral in a conflict of interest.
Further, Gaye’s children used a statement from Thicke in a Billboard interview to show that he intended to copy Gaye’s song with “Blurred Lines”: "Pharrell and I were in the studio and I told him 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 in about a half hour and recorded it."
At the time the lawsuit was filed, Gaye’s children wanted EMI to lose all profits related to “Blurred Lines.”
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