Robin Thicke will have to pay a little less to the family of Marvin Gaye over his hit ‘Blurred Lines’.
Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have received a little bit of good news regarding their ‘Blurred Lines’ copyright case, after a judge trimmed more than $2 million from the damages the duo were ordered to pay to the family of Marvin Gaye.
Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines will now cost him $2 million less.
On July 14th US district judge John A Kronstadt ruled that $2 million should be cut from the $7.4 million total which had been decided on back in March, bringing the sum down to $5.3 million. Kronstadt said that he had made the reducTIon as the original award was not supported by the evidence.
The Gaye family isn't quite done with Pharrell Williams.
So Pharrell has had enough trouble with the Gaye family to last him a lifetime. Unfortunately, they don't seem to be done with him quite yet. The Gaye estate originally lauched and settled out of court on a lawsuit that could net them $7.3 million, according to BBC News. The suit referred to the 1977 hit Got to Give It Up.
Now, they're looking into Marvin Gaye's entire back catalogue to see if there have been any other copyright breaches. According to the BBC, Gaye's daughter Nona has already found similarities between Pharrell's Happy and her father's 1966 hit Ain't It Peculiar.
Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have lost their case against Marvin Gaye's family.
A jury has ruled that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke breached copyright when writing their 2013 monster hit Blurred Lines. Jurors found that that one of the best-selling singles of all time copied segments of Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit Got To Give It Up.
Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke have lost their Blurred Lines case
The family of the late soul singer has been awarded $7.3 million in damages though Thicke and Williams are believed to be appealing the decision, calling it a "horrible precedent".
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Did Robin Thicke rip off Marvin Gaye on 'Blurred Lines'?
Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' was easily the biggest song of the year - it will officially go down as one of the biggest selling songs of the year, however, a legal battle about the origins of the pop hit has broken out.
The family of Marvin Gaye's claims in a lawsuit that Thicke's song plagiarizes the late soul star's 1977 track 'Got to Give It Up.' Gaye's children Nona and Frankie said Thicke has a "fixation" on their father's work and clearly ripped his work for Blurred Lines.
In an interview with GQ magazine, shortly after the release of "Blurred Lines", Thicke said: "[Producer] Pharrell [Williams] and I were in the studio and I told him that one of my favourite songs of all time was Marvin Gaye's 'Got to Give It Up'. I was like, 'Damn, we should make something like that, something with that groove'. Then he started playing a little something and we literally wrote the song in about a half hour and recorded it." Hmmm, sounds pretty cut and dry to us.
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Months after their initial threat of a lawsuit, the estate of Marvin Gaye have made true on their threat against Thicke
Robin Thicke was looking down the barrel of a double lawsuit only a few short months ago, with both Marvin Gaye's family and Bridgeport Music Inc. - who own the rights to the music of Funkadelic/Parliament - threatening to take the singer to court. Both alleged that Thicke had ripped them off with 'Blurred Lines,' with Gaye's estate complaining the mega-popular hit sounds a lot like 'Got to Give It Up,' and Bridgeport comparing it to Funkadelic's 'Sexy Ways.' This week, Gaye's family finally made true on their threat.
Robin is being taken to court by two of Marvin's children
Two of Marvin's children, Nona Gaye and Frankie Christian Gaye, decided to change their mind over the lawsuit after supposedly hearing Thicke admit to ripping off their dad in order to produce his most popular song to date. According to TMZ, the siblings believe that they have acquired evidence that proves 'Blurred Lines' is just a rip-off, claiming that Thicke admitted to stealing the beat during two separate interviews: one with Billboard and the other with GQ.
Continue reading: Robin Thicke Sued By Marvin Gaye's Family Amidst Claims Of Plagiarism
Marvin Gaye's family respond to Thicke's lawsuit with vengeance as they target Thicke and his summer hit 'Blurred Lines' as well as the song publisher, EMI.
The suit was filed on Wednesday (Oct 30th) by two of the late singer's children, claiming Thicke stole the summer hit from Gaye's 'Got To Give It Up' as well as committing copyright infringement on Gaye's 'After the Dance' to create his song, 'Love After War'.
Nona Gaye and Frankie Christian Gaye, who filed the documents today, also argue that Robin has said 'Blurred Lines' was heavily influenced by Gaye's music.
Despite his settlement attempt, Thicke can't seem to get away from his copyright troubles.
Robin Thicke is keen to settle the dispute raised by Marvin Gaye’s family in regards to the similarity between Blured Lines and a few Gaye songs. The family in question, however, isn’t up for a settlement. According to Billboard, the Gaye family has rejected a six-figure offer from the singer. It’s important to note here that an official copyright dispute hasn’t been raised yet, but with the rejection of the preemptive settlement, it looks like the heirs of Marvin Gaye’s estate are just biding their time and possibly in the process of building a solid case against Thicke.
Thicke's settlement offer has been refused.
According to sources Frankie Christian Gaye, Marvin Gaye III and Nona Marvisa Gaye accused Thicke's "Blurred Lines" hit single of plagiarizing "Got To Give it Up," written and composed by Marvin Gaye, who died in 1984.While the Gaye family have not taken any official legal action as of yet, Thicke, along with collaborators Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris Jr. (known under the moniker T.I.) filed a preemptive lawsuit on Aug. 15 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
The singer and his 'Blurred Lines' collaborators have taken the Gaye estate and Bridgeport Music to federal court following claims from both parties that he had stolen elements from their songs for his summer hit
Robin Thicke may have enjoyed having THE number one hit of the entire summer with 'Blurred Lines,' but the singer now is apparently locked in a legal battle over that very song following claims that it sounds very similar to two older tracks. Despite professing his love for Marvin Gaye and discussing the influence the singer has had on his career, this hasn't stopped Thicke and his 'Blurred Lines' collaborators T.I. and Pharrell Williams from taking Gaye's family to court following complaints that 'Blurred Lines' sounds strangely similar to Gaye's 'Got To Give It Up.'
Thicke may be a fan of Gaye and Funkadelic, but he also has a reputation to uphold
According to The Hollywod Reporter, who broke the story, the Gaye family had apparently threatened Thicke and co. with legal action over the similarities between his hit song and Marvin's 1977 track. A similar complaint had been made by the company Bridgeport Music, who represent the legendary funk band Funkadelic, with the company claiming that 'Blurred Lines' shares an uncanny resemblance to their track 'Sexy Ways.' Now both the Gaye Estate and Bridgeport Music will both legal action from Thicke, T.I. and Williams as the latter attempt to brush off any claims of plagiarism.
While the Gaye family haven't raised an official claim against the singer, he is looking to prevent any disputes.
Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have made no qualms about the fact that their summer anthem Blurred Lines was heavily influenced by Marvin Gaye’s Got to Give It Up. So far, neither the Gaye family, nor Bridgeport Music Inc., have raised any official copyright claims based on the song, however Thicke, Williams and collaborator Clifford Harris Jr. (aka T.I.) have filed a preemptive complaint to protect themselves against future disputes.
In a preemptive strike, Thicke is taking the case to court himself.
According to the L.A. Times, the creative team has requested that the L.A. Court Judge verify that the song does not violate any copyright restrictions. The complaint states that representatives of the Gaye estate have threatened to sue Thicke and Williams, based on a perceived similarity between Blurred Lines and the Marvin Gaye songs Got to Give It Up and Sexy Ways. Thcke and co. have asked the court to declare that Blurred Lines does not infringe on copyrights just because of said similarity.
Robin Thicke is suing Marvin Gaye's family!
In order to protect the song - which will probably turn out to be the biggest of the year - Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris Jr are going to court. A lawsuit filed on Thursday (August 15, 2013) by the trio against Marvin Gaye's family and Bridgeport Music concerned the similarities between 'Blurred Lines' and at least two songs, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Let us explain. The suit claims that the Gaye family is alleging the controversial song "feels" or "sounds" the same as Marvin's 'Got To Give it Up' and that the "Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work."
Continue reading: Robin Thicke Is Suing Marvin Gaye's Family. Is That Even Legal?
Marvin Gaye at The Rock 'n' Roll Celebrity Memorabilia Fame Bureau Auction Four blue leather portfolios containing nearly all the major music arrangements in Marvin Gaye's repertoire at the Rock 'N' Roll celebrity memorabilia Fame Bureau auction at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in
After making the suggestion that he would marry Marvin Gaye's daughter, Prince proposed to the woman who would be his wife for four years.
Singer turned actress, Nona Gaye - known for her appearance in the 'Matrix' sequels - has stated that she was left heartbroken by the musician Prince. The singer/songwriter was 16 years older than Gaye when he suggested that the couple would be married. He then turned around and proposed to his later wife, Mayte Garcia, breaking the heart of Gaye.
The actress discussed the relationship, by saying "I never really knew him, and I never let him really know me. I tried to be this woman I thought he wanted - very passive, letting him lead. He told a friend of mine he was going to marry me and take care of me. I knew I wouldn't get anything better than that from him, so I believed it."
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