Robin Thicke Countersues Marvin Gaye's Family
But, Thicke isn't taking this suit lying down. Instead he, along with the song's collaborators Pharrell and T.I. (under his real name, Clifford Harris, Jr.), filed their own suit last Thursday (August 15) against Gaye's family and Bridgeport Music.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the three are claiming that Gaye's family and Bridgeport Music "are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work."
As for Thicke's reasoning for the suit, the court documents note, "Plaintiffs, who have the utmost respect for and admiration of Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic and their musical legacies, reluctantly file this action in the face of multiple adverse claims from alleged successors in interest to those artists. Defendants continue to insist that plaintiffs' massively successful composition, 'Blurred Lines,' copies 'their' compositions."
The countersuit also points out that "being reminiscent of a 'sound' is not copyright infringement. The intent in producing 'Blurred Lines' was to evoke an era." more on this story
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