Case in point is Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell. With their humongous hit “Blurred Lines” being the biggest hit of the summer, they’ve attracted the attention of Marvin Gaye’s family and Bridgeport Music, which owns some of Funkadelic’s compositions. Apparently the Gaye family and Bridgeport Music think they’re entitled to “Blurred Lines” motherlode
However, in order to shield “Blurred Lines” from possible litigation, the creators/performers of the massive hit are being proactive have gone to court. A lawsuit was filed Thursday in a California federal court by the trio against Gaye’s family and Bridgeport Music.
The suit, says The Hollywood Reporter, claims the Gaye family is alleging that “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” “feel” or “sound” the same, and that the “Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work.
According to the suit, a copy of which was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, “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. Defendants continue to insist that plaintiffs’ massively successful composition, ‘Blurred Lines,’ copies ‘their’ compositions.”
(Read the lawsuit here.)
The suit claims the Gaye family is alleging that “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” “feel” or “sound” the same, and that the “Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work.”
As for Funkadelic, there’s said to be claimed similarity between Thicke’s hit and Funakedlic’s “Sexy Ways.”
“But there are no similarities between plaintiffs’ composition and those the claimants allege they own, other than commonplace musical elements,” states the lawsuit. “Plaintiffs created a hit and did it without copying anyone else’s composition.”
And quite frankly we agree.
If you listen to Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it UP” and Thicke’s “Blurred Lines (both below), it’s hard to say the songs sound alike.
Yeah, “Blurred Lines” kinda, sorta reminds you of the era and vibe of “Give it Up,” but that’s about it.
Check them both out and let us know what YOU think.
For MORE on this story, hit up The Hollywood Reporter.