Robin Thicke’s legal team offered a six-figure sum to members of Marvin Gaye family in order to preempt a copyright infringement battle, but Gaye’s family turned it down.
According to sources knowledgeable with the lawsuit, the settlement offer came after Frankie Christian Gaye, Marvin Gaye III and Nona Marvisa Gaye accused Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” hit single of plagiarizing “Got To Give it Up,” written and composed by Marvin Gaye, who died in 1984.
Subsequently, Thicke, along with “Blurred Lines” co-writers Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris, Jr., filed a lawsuit on Aug. 15 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles requesting a ruling that “Blurred Lines” does not infringe on “Got To Give It Up.” It also requested a similar judgement with regard to another accusation, by Bridgeport Music Inc., that “Blurred Lines” infringed on George Clinton’s “Sexy Ways.”
Bridgeport and the Gaye family’s attorney, Richard Busch, did not return calls requesting comment. Thicke’s law firm, King, Holmes, Paterno & Berliner, declined to comment.
In an interview with TMZ, Gaye’s son, Marvin Gaye III said, “We’re not happy with the way that he went about doing business let alone suing us for something where he clearly got his inspiration from at the least.”
Thicke’s lawsuit said the “intent in producing ‘Blurred Lines’ was to evoke an era. In reality, the Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre…. The reality is that the songs themselves are starkly different.”
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