Marvin Gaye’s Family Rejects Robin Thicke’s Settlement Offer



The legal battle between Robin Thicke and the family of Marvin Gaye is far from over. Thicke has been catching heat for his alleged appropriation of Gaye’s 1977 funk smash “Got To Give It Up” for his own “Blurred Lines.” The American R&B stalwart first attempted to nip what must have seemed inevitable in the bud by preemptively suing to protect “Blurred Lines” from legal action.

But no dice. When that failed, Thicke’s team approached the Gaye family with a monetary settlement, a six-digit figure that the family summarily rejected today. Though they have yet to launch a suit of their own against Thicke, Frankie Christian Gaye, Marvin Gaye III and Nona Marvisa Gaye have left the door open and alluded to future action.

Naturally the whole thing will spin into a huge knot of litigation and creative copyright as the story progresses. We’ll keep you updated as it continues to spill out onto the Twittersphere, but for now, listen to the tracks below and see what all the fuss is about:

  • TONY

    At first I thought this whole thing was stupid and they were completely different but listening to them back to back… Gaye’s family might have a chance.

  • Marvin Gaye

    The thing is.. What kind of a message is it to say that your tracks can’t have some small reassemblence to the past? Sure there are some minor similarities, but in what way does that make for a lawsuit? It is horrible to think of, that if whenever a young musician makes a track – he has to crosscheck every possible track made in the last fifty years for, again, minor similarities.


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