Legal Battle Heats Up Between Robin Thicke and Marvin Gaye’s Family Over “Blurred Lines”

Instead of denying claims that he copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 classic hit “Got to Give It Up” for “Blurred Lines” in the media, Robin Thicke will have to prove his innocence in the legal system.

In a lawsuit, Marvin Gaye’s family claims Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” which is easily the biggest song of the year, plagiarizes the legendary crooner’s work. Gaye's children Nona and Frankie claim Thicke has a "fixation" on their father's work and clearly ripped his composition for Blurred Lines.

Thicke told GQ magazine that Marvin Gaye was an inspiration for the record when he and Pharrell Williams was in the studio creating it, but he flipped his story in another interview with TMZ, insisting Marvin was not an inspiration. "No" he said when asked if he took inspiration from Marvin, "Songwriters know the difference. I have lawyers to deal with that."

The Gaye family cites several leading musical critics who noted the similarities between “Blurred Lines” and “Got To Give It Up”, including a report by musicologist Judith Finnell, which points to parallels between the two tracks.

Gaye's children call Thicke's work "blatant copying of a constellation of distinctive and significant compositional elements of Marvin Gaye's classic No 1 song."

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