August 16, 2013 05:17 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
Blurred Lines has repeatedly been labeled the ultimate hit of summer 2013…but is the track as groundbreaking as its fans claim? According to copyright holders for Marvin Gaye’s iconic Got To Give It Up, the answer is a definite no. But Duets judge Robin Thicke disagrees…and he’s prepared to defend his song.
Robin Thicke is taking an offensive approach in the copyright battle surrounding Blurred Lines, responding to allegations with a pre-emptive lawsuit. The singer hopes that a federal judge will back him up in his insistence that the summer hit does not outright copy such iconic tunes as Marvin Gaye’s Got To Give It Up.
While it is true that Blurred Lines borrows certain elements from Marvin Gaye’s impressive body of work, Robin and his legal representatives argue that this, in and of itself, does not constitute a copyright violation. A copy of the lawsuit, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, alleges, “Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work.”
Although he’s intent on defending his reputation as an artist, Robin Thicke certainly is not happy about taking legal action against Marvin Gaye’s family. But the musician feels that, at this point, he has no other option. As the lawsuit explains, “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.”
What do you think? Could Robin Thicke be guilty of copyright infringement? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments section below!
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