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Marvin Gaye’s Family Files Counterclaim Against “Blurred Lines” Singer

Posted on: 4:54 pm, October 30, 2013, by , updated on: 05:19pm, October 31, 2013

(WREG-TV) Does Robin Thicke’s hit song “Blurred Lines” cross the line by sounding too similar to Marvin Gaye’s classic hit, “Got To Give It Up?”

The “Blurred Lines” singer and his collaborators, T.I. and Pharrell Williams, filed a lawsuit earlier this year in an attempt to protect themselves from legal comparisons of the two songs.

Gaye’s family filed a counterclaim Thursday, alleging that “Blurred Lines” is “blatant copying of a constellation of distinctive and significant compositional elements of Marvin Gaye’s #1 song, ‘Got to Give it Up.’”

The suit also calls out Thicke for “duplicitous actions” in his explanations of the song’s inspiration.

Included in the claim are quotes from interviews Thicke did with GQ and Billboard. In both, he says the inspiration for “Blurred Lines” came from Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up.”

After filing his own lawsuit, though, his answer changed:

TMZ: So, so, when you, when you wrote ["Blurred Lines"], do you like think of Marvin Gaye like when you write the music?
Thicke: No.

Memphian and legendary Motown Records Funk Brother Jack Ashford, aka “The Tambourine Man,” recorded and toured with Marvin Gaye for several years and performed on Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up” record.

He told us earlier this month he doesn’t think Thicke’s song is a rip-off.

“(Thicke) could have very easily, if he wanted to, sampled the bass line of Marvin’s song and put his stuff around it and pay the royalties, if he wanted to do that,” Ashford said. “But one benefit out of all of that…both records are selling, and I think it’s a marketing genius who came up with that.”

The Gaye family’s counterclaim also contends that Thicke’s song “Love After War” infringed its copyright of “After The Dance.”

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