It may be Robin Thicke‘s year on the charts, but it’s certainly not his year in the courts.
Billboard reports that Thicke’s team recently offered a six-figure sum to Gaye’s family in order to “preempt a copyright infringement showdown” but his family rejected it. This comes a week after Thicke filed a countersuit to Marvin Gaye‘s family over their claim that “Blurred Lines” isn’t really his song and that Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” feels and sounds the same.
In an interview with Radio.com earlier this year, Thicke admitted when he went into the studio with Pharrell last summer to record “Blurred Lines” that he wanted to create a song that embodied the fun vibe of his favorite song of all time, Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got To Give It Up.” An hour later, the duo came up with “Blurred Lines,” the song that would become Thicke’s first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
As surprised as he was that the track went to No. 1, he surely didn’t expect to be sued by Gaye’s family. After the Gayes and Bridgeport Music, which owns some of Funkadelic’s compositions and are also filing suit for musical similarities, Thicke and collaborators Pharrell and T.I. filed their own suit against Gaye’s family and Bridgeport Music.
Thicke’s reasoning for the suit, the court documents note, is defensive: “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.”
The countersuit also points out that ”being reminiscent of a ‘sound’ is not copyright infringement. The intent in producing ‘Blurred Lines’ was to evoke an era.”
Stay tuned to Radio.com for ongoing updates of the Thicke/Gaye lawsuit.