Blurred Lines Or Over the Line?


Marvin Gaye’s family has rejected a six-figure offer in the copyright infringement, of the 2013 summer hit, “Blurred Lines.”  It has been stated that Robin Thicke used elements of Marvin Gaye’s song, “Got To Give It Up.”  Robin Thicke, along with Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris, Jr., filed a lawsuit requesting that “Blurred Lines” did not infringe on Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up.”

Marvin Gaye’s family is upset with the way Thicke has done business.  It has been reported that Thicke admitted the inspiration for “Blurred Lines” was “Got To Give It Up.”  Back in May, Robin Thicke, told GQ magazine, “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.’  However, Robin Thicke is now saying he was trying to evoke the 70s era, but the songs are seemingly different. 

Marvin Gaye’s family should have taken the money Robin Thicke was offering; maybe the situation would increase the sales of the late Marvin Gaye’s catalog.  I feel as though Gaye’s family is being greedy.  Robin Thicke admitted to loving the song “Got To Give It Up,” which is bringing Marvin Gaye new fans whom may not have been a fan before “Blurred Lines.”

A lot of genres of music like jazz and blues in particular have the same musical feel.  The music compositions are in the same kind of format.  I fear that if this case is to win that anyone could be the next target.  It leaves the door open for more lawsuits within the industry.