The legal dispute between Marvin Gaye's children and Robin Thicke regarding the use of copyrights over Thicke’s hit "Blurred Lines" is one step closer to resolution.
It all began in the fall when Thicke brought the first legal blow to the Gayes to block them from heading to court over similarities in the 2013 hit song with Gaye’s classic “Got to Give It Up.” The Gaye family filed a counter lawsuit against Thicke and his producers, also including EMI/Sony Publishing/ATV in the suit for breaching a contract that said they are supposed to protect the Gaye catalog. Their suit also claims that EMI gave out rights for “Blurred Lines” and shadily blocked the Gaye family from profiting from the song’s success.
An L.A. judge issued a settlement yesterday (Jan. 14) agreed upon by Gaye’s children, Nona Marvisa Gaye and Frankie Christian Gaye, which relieves the pressure off of Sony/ATV. It states that Sony/ATV won't have to defend their fairness in administering copyrights to both Thicke's work and Gaye's. Specific terms of the settlement remain undisclosed.
However, it ain’t over, till it’s over: the copyright lawsuit between the Gaye family and Thicke still stands. Reports are saying that Thicke’s camp want the case to go to trial in order for a jury to decipher what they claim to be differences between “Blurred Lines” and “Got to Give It Up.”
Sheesh, the world of music copyrights/publishing can be sticky!