The controversy just doesn’t seem to stop for Robin Thicke and his “Blurred Lines”. Ever since the video was released, there were many complaints regarding its seemingly misogynistic nature, and now the song itself is the object of several claims of plagiarism.
Thicke is on a mission to make sure those claims don’t evolve into something else, e.g. a feud with Marvin Gaye’s family and Funkadelic.
The similarity between Thicke’s hit summer song and Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” and Funkadelic’s “Sexy Ways” is actually quite interesting. “Give It Up” and “Lines” follow an almost identical structure; the connection between Thicke’s and Funkadelic’s song falls in the melody and singing style of both songs.
The “Blurred Lines” composers have thus filed a lawsuit to ensure things don’t get complicated for them, claiming that, “being reminiscent of a ‘sound’ is not copyright infringement. The intent in producing ‘Blurred Lines’ was to evoke an era.”
There has not been any response from Bridgeport Music Inc. or Gaye’s children, owners of “Sexy Ways” and “Got To Give It Up”, respectively, so far.