Finger snaps for decency in general and one in the eye for Robin Thicke today as the creepy singer is being sued by Marvin Gaye’s children – who claim in court documents that his hit song Blurred Lines is “blatant copying” of their dad’s song Got To Give It Up.
Frankie and Nona Gaye have filed a lawsuit against Thicke-y plus the song’s producers Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris Jr and, the legal papers allege that the trio are guilty of, “blatant copying of a constellation of distinctive and significant compositional elements of Marvin Gaye’s classic No. 1 song”.
This is in response to legal documents filed by Thicke-o et al in August asking a court to rule that their summer smash did not infringe Gaye’s copyright and whilst it was their original work they were evoking an era.
Obviously this was a pre-emptive strike as Robin had heard through the grapevine (no doubt) that the Gaye family were narked off with him stealing their dad’s work and not paying them for it.
A quick youtube search throws up Marvin’s Got To Give It Up (below) and it’s ridiculously similar to Blurred Lines (above) but without the essence de date rape lyrics or an out-of-it pop star rubbing her bottom all over his crotch.
The Gaye family’s court documents point out that Robin readily admits that he borrowed from the song and said in a recent interview, “Pharrell and I were in the studio and I told him that one of my favourite songs of all time was Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got to Give It Up.’
“I was like, ‘Damn, we should make something like that, something with that groove.’ Then he started playing a little something and we literally wrote the song in about a half hour and recorded it.”
But rather than just chuck the Gaye family some money with a thank-you note, instead Thicke wrote in his counter-claim:
“Being reminiscent of a ‘sound’ is not copyright infringement.
“The intent in producing Blurred Lines was to evoke an era.”
The Gaye family also had a pop at EMI saying that rather than protect their father’s legacy they aligned themselves with Thicke for the profits – which is a conflict of interests – and they allege that Robin’s 2011 song Love After War is ”unlawful copying” of Gaye’s 1976 hit After The Dance War.
There’s no such thing in the music industry as an original idea and artists heavily borrow (or as they call it ‘pay tribute to’) from other artists all the time.
However, I’m hoping that Robin doesn’t get away with so blatantly ripping off Marvin’s work and thinking that no-one will notice he’s done so because he’s no longer with us.
Because he’s an epic douche and he shouldn’t profit from someone else’s talent.