A court will determine the respective rights and obligations for the songs Blurred Lines vs Got To Give It Up!
Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris, Jr. claim they were threatened by both Gaye’s family and Funkadelic, each asserting that “Blurred Lines” wasn’t original.
In order to shield “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke, Pharrell and T.I. are going to court.
A lawsuit was filed Thursday in California federal court by the trio against Marvin Gaye’s family and Bridgeport Music, which owns some of Funkadelic’s compositions.
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.”
There’s said to be claimed similarity between Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” 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 which Robin Thicke and T.I. filed. “Plaintiffs created a hit and did it without copying anyone else’s composition.”
A New York TImes critic has noted that “Blurred Lines” is “influenced heavily” by Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up,” but the lawsuit makes the point that “being reminiscent of a ‘sound’ is not copyright infringement. The intent in producing ‘Blurred Lines’ was to evoke an era.”
The Gayes and Bridgeport are said to be threatening litigation should the plaintiffs not pay a monetary settlement. Rather than wait for such a lawsuit to proceed, the plaintiffs are going to court to determine the parties’ respective rights and obligations.