Robin Thicke sued by Marvin Gaye’s children
The much debated issue regarding Robin Thicke’s Grammy-nominated hit song, “Blurred Lines” being an alleged copyright infringement of Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up” has been going on for almost a year now and the case is still not settled in court.
However, in a latest update from the case, Stereogum reported that Gaye’s children, Nona Marvisa Gaye and Frankie Christian Gaye presented an audio mash-up to convince the judge that Thicke’s song is indeed a ripped-off.
The mash-up between “Got to Give it Up” and “Blurred Lines” is meant to demonstrate “concrete musical illustrations of the substantial similarities” between the two songs.
Previously, Gaye’s children had filed summary judgement papers that base their case around media interviews that Thicke and co-writer and producer of the song Pharrell Williams admitted that Gaye’s song did have an influence on “Blurred Lines”.
According to the interviews given by Thicke to GQ and Billboard back in October:-
“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,”
However, Thicke denied about it during an interview with TMZ:-
“Q: So, so, when you, when you wrote ["Blurred Lines"], do you like think of Marvin Gaye like when you write the music?
Additionally, the Gaye family claimed that Thicke also stole Marvin Gaye’s “After the Dance” for his song, “Love After War”.
A comparison between Marvin Gaye’s “After the Dance” (Top) and Robin Thicke's “Love After War”(Bottom)
Thicke and Williams previously also filed their own summary judgement which claimed that Gaye’s children “smelled money and rushed to make their infringement demand, but they chose to ignore that the songs had no similarity in actual notes or phrases,” as reported in Stereogum.
Both parties have currently recruited music experts to point out the similarities in tunes or divergent chord progressions and notes of both songs to prove whether or not a song that is influenced by another is enough to determine copyright infringement.
A jury trial for the case has been scheduled for next year February.
Apparently, the mash-up that the family put together has not been released yet, but here is one on YouTube uploaded by a user that sort of points out the similarities between the two songs.
You be the judge of it and tell us what you think: