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Marvin Gaye's Family Rejects Robin Thicke's Settlement in 'Blurred Lines' Dispute




Robin Thicke must be wondering whether ‘Blurred Lines’ was ever a good idea. Not only has the song become an anthem for misogynists all over the world, but now the dispute over the track's similarities to Marvin Gaye's ‘Got To Give It Up’ has well and truly boiled over.

Billboard reports that Thicke offered the Gaye family a six-figure sum to preempt a copyright infringement suit, but that the offer was rejected.

Thicke and 'Blurred Lines' co-writers Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris, Jr., then allegedly filed a lawsuit to request a ruling that their track did not infringe on 'Got To Give It Up.' They also requested a similar ruling to fend off another accusation - this time that 'Blurred Lines' infringed on George Clinton's track, 'Sexy Ways.'

In an interview with GQ, Thicke made note that Gaye's song was the inspiration for ‘Blurred Lines’:

“Pharrell and I were in the studio and I told him that one of my favorite 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. The whole thing was done in a couple hours—normally, those are the best ones.”

Not hard to write a song in 'about half an hour', when you've got a track like 'Got to Give It Up' to copy. That's right. We said it: COPY.

Compare the songs below, and see for yourselves.


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