Robin Thicke Doesn’t Want to ‘Give Up’ ‘Blurred Lines’ to Gaye’s Family
It's been said that the best defense is a good offense. Possibly with that in mind, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and Clifford Harris, Jr. (a.k.a. T.I.) have filed a suit to protect their monster summer jam "Blurred Lines" from potential copyright claims by the family of late soul great Marvin Gaye and Funkadelic.
The "Blurred Lines" songwriters filed their lawsuit Thursday in California federal court against Marvin Gaye's family and Bridgeport Music, which owns a portion of Funkadelic's music publishing, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
When asked by Yahoo! Music's Billy Johnson Jr. about the similarities between "Blurred Lines" and Gaye's similar-sounding 1977 classic "Got To Give It Up," Thicke said, "There is no sample." But he admitted, "Definitely inspired by that, yeah. All of his music ... he's one of my idols. It's just something about that groove, that appeals; you know, sexy dance-floor groove. It doesn't try too hard but it just gets up in your bones."
The lawsuit expresses similar sentiments. "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," it states. "Defendants continue to insist that plaintiffs' massively successful composition, 'Blurred Lines,' copies 'their' compositions."