First Round of Lawsuits:
In 2014, according to Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, Marvin Gaye’s family had sent several threats to the duo regarding their 2013 summer hit, “Blurred Lines”. The late Motown mogul’s family claimed that the present-day song writers had stolen lines and musical ideas from Gaye’s 1977 song, “Got to Give It Up”. Thicke and Williams lost this first round of the lawsuit in the same year, striking a countersuit from the family that accused them of being fixated on Marvin Gaye and stealing his music. After U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt denied Thicke and Williams’ motion for summary, he noted that the family argued a plausible case with sufficient evidence, thus scheduling a trial for February 10, 2015.
Ultimately, the U.S. District Court jury from Los Angeles found Thicke and Williams guilty of plagiarism. Gaye’s children were granted $7.4 million in damages and earnings that were acquired from the alleged copyright infringement. The family was then seeking a court conjunction denying future distribution of the song based on the court’s verdict.
Thicke and Willliams’ to Contest Verdict:
Although both artists agreed that they were inspired from Marvin Gaye’s hit, they were eager to convince others that their musical ideas were none other than their own. Their attorney, Howard King, is said to seek a retrial if the judge denies their motion requesting that the verdict be set aside. King has given reasons for contesting the expert testimony given by a musicologist, stating that the specialist focused on musical elements that were not present on the original sheet music Thicke and Williams had used. Claiming that the jury had relied solely on this aspect, they had overlooked a few technicalities regarding the actual copyright itself. At the time, King said, only the written music could be registered as protected, which did not include the sound recordings.
Gaye Family vs. T.I.
Reports are now indicating that the family of the late singer may be seeking justice from another artist involved with “Blurred Lines” as well. With very little information released so far, rapper T.I. is also insistent on his creative innocence. Confident that he will not be wound up in a lawsuit like his fellow collaborators, T.I. previously stated that he had nothing but admiration and respect for Marvin Gaye and the music he created. Further details are to be expected in the near future.
The above article was written by Ashley Hill