Ever since Robin Thicke’s T.I. (Clifford Harris Jr.) and Pharell Williams-assisted summer smash “Blurred Lines” debuted earlier this summer, many noticed it has similarities with Marvin Gaye's "Got To Give It Up." And because of that reason, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the trio is going to court to shield "Blurred Lines" against allegations from Gaye's family and Bridgeport Music who say that the songs "feel" or "sound" the same.
Thicke, Harris, and Pharell’s suit states, "Plaintiffs, who have the utmost respect for and admiration of Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic and their musical legacies, reluctantly file this action in the face of multiple adverse claims from alleged successors in interest to those artists. Defendants continue to insist that plaintiffs' massively successful composition, 'Blurred Lines,' copies 'their' compositions.”
The lawsuit continues, “Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work…But there are no similarities between plaintiffs' composition and those the claimants allege they own, other than commonplace musical elements. Plaintiffs created a hit and did it without copying anyone else's composition."
The Gaye family and Bridgeport are allegedly threatening to take the trio to court if they don’t pay up. But The Hollywood Reporter states the reason for Thicke, Williams and Harris Jr.’s court journey is to get legal confirmation of each party’s rights and responsibilities.