Robin Thicke 'Reluctantly' Sues Marvin Gaye's Family

Over 'Blurred Lines' dispute

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 16, 2013 10:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – Robin Thicke has "the utmost respect for and admiration of Marvin Gaye" ... but he's suing Gaye's family anyway. Thicke, whose "Blurred Lines" is arguably the song of the summer (well, along with this one), filed the lawsuit yesterday along with Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris, Jr., in order to protect the song, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Gaye's family is, according to Thicke's lawsuit, alleging a similar "feel" or "sound" between "Blurred Lines" and Gaye's "Got to Give It Up." Or, as the lawsuit puts it: "Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work."

Also named in the lawsuit is Bridgeport Music, which owns some Funkadelic songs; it has allegedly accused Thicke's song of being similar to Funkadelic's "Sexy Ways." Thicke's lawsuit, however, insists the only similarities between "Blurred Lines" and the other two songs are "commonplace musical elements," and adds that "being reminiscent of a 'sound' is not copyright infringement." The song, the suit notes, was meant to "evoke an era." The suit was reportedly filed because the Gaye family and Bridgeport are themselves threatening to sue if Thicke, Williams, and Harris don't settle with them. The lawsuit itself notes that Thicke filed it "reluctantly." (Listen to all three in the gallery and judge for yourself.)

Robin Thicke performs on NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 in New York.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
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