By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Robin Thicke may have his first big hit on his hands with “Blurred Lines,” but having a hit song can come with a lot of controversy. Although the song is topping the charts, Thicke’s been the target of women activists as some claim they feel the lyrics are an ode to rape. The singer called the criticism absurd and ridiculous, and said that the meaning of the song doesn’t encourage rape, but instead a woman freeing herself and giving in to her intimate desires. Despite the controversy, Robin says he is still thankful he’s finally gained more exposure and a rapidly increasing fan base.
Well now Robin has even more drama on his hands regarding the hit song, and according to new reports, he’s suing the family of deceased and legendary R&B singer Marvin Gaye. In fact, he’s joined on the suit with his companions on the track rapper T.I. and producer Pharrell Williams. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the trio actually filed the lawsuit Thursday in California’s Federal Court to protect themselves from Marvin Gaye’s family and Bridgeport Music which owns Funkadelic’s compositions. The issue which led to the filing is the complaints suggesting “Blurred Lines” sounds a lot like a song from Marvin Gaye and a popular tune from Funkadelic.
The family and Bridgeport Music are claiming “Blurred Lines” sounds very similar to Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” and Funkadelic’s “Sexy Ways.”
The trio argues there are no similarities in composition between the three songs but Gaye’s family and Bridgeport are demanding to be paid a monetary settlement, and have been threatening to file a lawsuit. Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell Williams beat them to it and filed the suit to find out their respective rights and obligations per the court. The trio is not only looking for the court to declare their song doesn’t violate the defendants rights by copying their songs but also that the “Gayes do not have an interest in the copyright to the composition ‘Got To Give It Up’ sufficient to confer standing on them to pursue claims of infringement of that composition.”
We’ve posted all three videos below. Do you think “Blurred Lines” is a copycat of the popular songs from Marvin Gaye and Funkadelic?