Robin Thicke and his “Blurred Lines” collaborators are being sued by two children of Marvin Gaye. The Gaye family is accusing Thicke and collaborators Pharrell and T.I. of copyright infringement, and the suit also blames music company EMI of not protecting Marvin Gaye’s legacy.
Frankie Christian Gaye and Nona Marvisa Gaye say that Thicke’s hit song “Blurred Lines” sounds too similar to certain elements of Gaye’s song “Got to Give It Up.” The suit also claims that Thicke’s “Love After War” using Gaye’s song “After the Dance” in it without the proper permissions.
The suit also goes after EMI, stating that EMI tried to stop the Gaye family from pursuing a lawsuit and that EMI itself should have sued Thicke for copyright infringement.
In response to the Robin Thicke lawsuit, EMI has released the following statement:
“While we have not yet seen the claims by the Gaye family against EMI, we have repeatedly advised the Gaye family’s attorney that the two songs in question have been evaluated by a leading musicologist who concluded that ‘Blurred Lines’ does not infringe ‘Got To Give It Up.’“
Marvin Gaye’s son Marvin Gaye III isn’t included in this Federal court lawsuit, but he may pursue one of his own in the future.
Robin Thicke is still on tour despite the lawsuit, and tickets are still available to all of his shows.