Marvin Gaye’s Family Win Legal Round Against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams Over Song

Marvin Gaye's Family Win Legal Round Against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams Over Song

A judge on Thursday denied Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit that accuses their blockbuster hit “Blurred Lines” of borrowing way too much from Marvin Gaye’s 1977 classic “Got to Give It Up.’

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two musicians filed a lawsuit in September 2014 after receiving threats from Gaye’s family. The lawsuit sought declaratory relief that “Blurred Lines” was non-infringing, painting the defendant as attempting to claim ownership of an entire genre.

That led to a countersuit where the Gaye camp asserted that the song was indeed infringing, that Thicke had a “Marvin Gaye fixation,” and that he had also stolen a second song, “Love After War” from Gaye’s “After the Dance.”

As previously reported, both sides came to court with musicologists, presented mash-ups, debated the nuances of copyright law and even addressed Thicke’s wild deposition comments admitting drug abuse and lying to the media.

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Source: Black America Web | EURWeb

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