I guess it was bound to happen…. and finally it has. “Blurred Lines,” the hot song of the Summer which is currently holding its position on the billboard charts, is now at the center of a legal battle.
The lawsuit expresses similar sentiments:
“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,” it states.
“Defendants continue to insist that plaintiffs’ massively successful composition, ‘Blurred Lines,’ copies ‘their’ compositions.”s attached. [Source]
But wait there’s more…
Denying any sampling from Gaye’s similar-sounding 1977 classic “Got To Give It Up,” Thicke, Harris and Williams are attempting to block Marvin Gaye’s family and Bridgeport Music, which owns a portion of Funkadelic’s music publishing, from collecting any additional coins.
“There is no sample.” Said Thicke, but he admitted, “Definitely inspired by that, yeah. All of his music … he’s one of my idols.”
“It’s just something about that groove, that appeals; you know, sexy dance-floor groove. It doesn’t try too hard but it just gets up in your bones.”
But while, Thicke prepares for an unhill legal battle, not everyone involved with Funkadelic is interested in dragging hm into court. Funkadelic mastermind George Clinton sent out a tweet suggesting he wants no part of legal action against Thicke and Williams, and seems to be at odds with Bridgeport, naming the company’s head in his tweet.
Personally, the proof is in the pudding. Anybody with ears can draw an easy conclusion. Take a Listen….
VIDEO: Blurred Lines
VIDEO: Marvin Gaye Performs “Got To Give It Up” on Soul Train
What do y’all think? Did Thicke blur the lines of copyright infringement?
VIDEO: Blurred Lines (Unrated Version) – NSFW!