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Did 'Blurred Lines' Cross the Line?
Robin Thicke is reportedly being proactive in protecting his hit "Blurred Lines."
A lawsuit was filed in California federal court by Thicke, Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris Jr. (the legal name of rapper TI) against the family of the late singer Marvin Gaye and Bridgeport Music.
Is the hottest hit of the summer too similar to a Motown hit of 1977? Robin Thicke and his producers are going to court after filing a lawsuit against Marvin Gaye's family and the copyright owner of his work.
Complaints about similarities in the compositions between Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and at least two other songs. including Gaye's hit "Got to Give it Up". The suit claims that Gaye's family alleges the songs "feel" or "sound" the same.
Thicke argues that "Blurred Lines" is evoking an era with a reminiscent "sound" but that's not copyright infringement.
The suit alleges that the "Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work." Armen Boladian, the head of the Bridgeport Music also claim Thicke and producers extracted samplings of the Funkadelics "Sexy Ways". But George Clinton himself, a former member of the group, disagrees.
This wouldn't be the first time that song sampling takes center stage. Vanilla Ice famously settled out of court after he sampled a beat from Queen and David Bowie's "Under Pressure" for his 90's smash hit "Ice Ice Baby"
Now it's up to a court to determine whether Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' crossed the line!
The Gaye family and Bridgeport Music may litigate if Thicke doesn't attempt to pay a settlement.
"Blurred Lines" has spent 10 consecutive weeks at number one on the billboard hot 100. A clear-cut success Thicke claims is original.
So what do you think? Does Blurred Lines sound too much like some of these Motown hits?