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Robin Thicke Countersued By Marvin Gaye's Children Over Blurred Lines

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Updated 11/2/2013 3:06pm
Robin Thicke Countersued By Marvin Gaye's Children Over Blurred Lines
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Kayleigh Falvey

Staff Writer

Robin Thicke is being counter-sued by Marvin Gaye’s children for copyright infringement after Thicke originally sued Gaye’s estate after complaints that his song “Blurred Lines” was “starkly different” from “Got to Give Up.” According to The Huffington Post,” Nona Marvisa Gaye and Frankie Christina Gaye’s suit is the latest salvo in a dispute over Thicke’s hit and whether it copies elements of Gaye’s song ‘Got to Give It Up.’ Their lawsuit seeks to block Thicke and collaborators Pharrell and T.I. from using elements of their fathers music in ‘Blurred Lines’ or other songs.” It was also revealed that Gaye’s family have sued EMI, the company that is owned by Sony/ATV. “According to the counterclaims, EMI has breached a contract and its fiduciary duty by failing to protect Gaye’s songs, attempting to intimidate the family against filing any legal action, failing to remain neutral when faced with a conflict of interest and attempting to turn public opinion against the family. The penalty for those acts, says the Gaye family, should be that EMI loses all profits on ‘Blurred Lines’ as well as rights to administer the song catalogue of Gaye, known as the ‘Prince of Soul’,” The Hollywood Reporter said. A spokesperson for Sony/ATV released a statement saying that it had not seen the claims but said,” We have repeatedly advised the Gaye family’s attorney that the two songs in question have been evaluated by a leading musicologist who conducted that ‘Blurred Lines’ does not infringe ‘Got To Give It Up.” We take our role in protecting the works of all of our songwriters from infringement very seriously. And while we very much treasure the works of Marvin Gaye and our relationship with the Gaye family, we regret that they have been ill-advised in this matter.”
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