Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and Clifford “T.I.” Harris Jr, have filed a lawsuit against the family of Marvin Gaye opposing claims that smash hit “Blurred Lines“, copies two of the late arist’s songs.
Obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, the lawsuit states that the Plaintiffs, Thicke, Williams and Harris Jr, “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.”
The trio are fighting the case against the Gaye’s family who believe ‘Blurred Lines’ and Gaye’s ‘Got to Give It Up‘, “feels” or “sound” the same, as well as being similar to Funkadelic’s Sexy Ways.
The plaintiffs have argued “there are no similarities between plaintiffs’ composition and those the claimants allege they own, other than commonplace musical elements.”
The Gaye Family are said to be threatening litigation should the trio, fail to offer a monetary settlement. Thicke, Williams and Harris Jr. have pursued the courts first, apparently to restablish rights and obligations on both sides.