According to The Hollywood Reporter Robin Thicke, T.I. (Clifford Harris, Jr.) and Pharrell have launched a lawsuit that will preemptively protect their huge summer hit “Blurred Lines” from legal action.
Both parties from Marvin Gaye’s camp and Bridgeport music—who own rights for a number of Funkadelic compositions—claim that the song sounds too similar to Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” and Funkadelic’s “Sexy Ways.” But Pharrell, Thicke and T.I. claim that the song was meant to evoke an era and a genre and doesn’t copy these songs to a point close to infringement.
Bridgeport and the powers behind the Gaye family estate have reportedly threatened litigation unless they received a monetary settlement. Instead of waiting for legal action though, the “Blurred Lines” creators took things into their own hands. This aggressive move suggests that they strongly believe they’ll win the suit.
A few choice excerpt from the legal documents:
“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.”
“But there are no similarities between plaintiffs’ composition and those the claimants allege they own, other than commonplace musical elements. Plaintiffs created a hit and did it without copying anyone else’s composition.”
Read the entire lawsuit here for more detailed information about the suit.