Robin Thicke Vs. Marvin Gaye’s Estate

Robin Thicke Vs. Marvin Gaye’s Estate

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” was probably the most ubiquitous song of 2013, and it came with several controversies, none harder to follow than the beef that erupted between Thicke and the estate of late Motown god Marvin Gaye, whose song “Got To Give It Up” was an obvious stylistic inspiration for “Blurred Lines.” First, in August, Thicke preemptively sued Gaye’s estate, to legally establish that “Blurred Lines” didn’t violate the other parties’ rights and the “Gayes do not have an interest in the copyright to the composition ‘Got to Give It Up’ sufficient to confer standing on them to pursue claims of infringement of that composition.” Then, in October, it came out that the Gayes had turned down a six-figure settlement with Thicke — only so they could sue both him and the song’s publisher, EMI, claiming numerous counts of copyright infringement and breach of contract, among other things. THEN in November, Gaye’s son Marvin Gaye III filed his own countersuit, with slightly different allegations that those claimed by the rest of Gaye’s estate. At present, none of the suits have been settled, meaning this beef will drag into 2014 (and perhaps beyond).

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