Robin Thicke; along with his wife, actress Paula Patton, who allegedly team up with Robin Thicke to work on “Love After War,” and recording artist Pharrell Williams, and Clifford Harris, Jr. (TI). And Sony/ATV Music, and Interscope Records, Universal Music Group Recordings, and EMI, manager of Gaye’s music copyrights, all went named in the “Copyright Infringement” lawsuit issued in August by the children of the Late, Marvin Gaye!
In August, Gaye’s family said publicly that Thicke and Williams infringed on Gaye’s 1977 hit song “Got to Give it Up” with the song “Blurred Lines.” In response to the allegations in the Gaye family suit, Thicke, Williams, and Harris returned a counter-claim to authenticate that “Blurred Lines” did not “infringe” on Gaye’s song “Got to Give it Up.”
However, Gaye’s three children, Nona Gaye, Frankie Gaye, and Marvin Gaye III, pointed out in their suit interviews that Thicke gave to magazines, where he discloses that when constructing “Blurred Lines” he drew on Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up.”
Further, Marvin Gaye’s children added in their suit that Thicke’s song “Love After War” infringes upon the copyrights of their father’s 1976 song “After the Dance.”
The blurred lines here then are a cross between whom inspires us and how much of the inspiration we take or borrow from the role models, for our own gain, without that role model’s written permission! It is a very fine line, indeed, but then there are Laws that draw a clear line in the sand and make it known when and that “copyright infringement” is a huge no, no!
If this is so, that the song “Blurred Lines,” —that gained global accolades and the U.S. ranked the pop song as this summer’s best hit, with MTV’s Music Awards, highlighting Miley Cyrus’ kinky performance, —violated copyright laws then such “Blurred Lines” got its “Top Charts Ratings” on the tailcoats of Marvin Gaye’s music!
Copyright Infringement is a very costly crime!
If found guilty, each infringement carries the weight of $150,000 in damages against every party named in the suit, with the additional right for the Gaye family to have a portion of the recurring profits gained from the triumph of the two songs “Love After War” and “Blurred Lines.”
EMI, who manages Gaye’s music copyrights, allegedly violated trust agreements and committed breach of contract, according to the Gaye children.
Let’s hope for both sides that this legal mess is but a bad dream they will each wake-up from, and that no one, with any brains in the skull, sets out from here to infringe upon the copyrights of hard-working artists! As surely, neither Robin Thicke nor anyone entangled in the present lawsuit, nor you or I, would like it if we were in the shoes of the Late, Marvin Gaye’s family.
Listen to the two songs and you be the judge of it:
Got to Give it Up – Marvin Gaye
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
By Christina L. Ibbotson