The makers to summer’s hottest jam are going to court to sue Marvin Gaye’s estate and Bridgeport Music, the owner of some Funkadelic compositions.
Robin Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I. are going to pre-empt a copyright claim to prove that while composing “Blurred Lines,” they did not copy Gaye’s Motown hit “Got To Give Up,” or Funkadelic’s song “Sexy Ways.” However, they do admit that they were trying to evoke an era influenced by Gaye’s classic funky sound and its obvious use of studio chatter.
The suit claims that Gaye’s family alleges that “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” “sound” the same. Not only that but it states that “Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work.” As for Funkadelic, they are claiming that there is a similarity between Thicke’s hit and Funakedlic’s “Sexy Ways.”
Read the entire lawsuit here.