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.
Thicke and his collaborators could be facing an extensive lawsuit.
The lawsuit requested a court ruling that Blurred Lines does not infringe on Got To Give It Up, the Marvin Gaye song in question. No ruling has been announced yet and with the Gaye family refusing a settlement it seems likely that they might be building a strong case of infringement against the musicians. Both Richard Busch, the Gaye family’s attorney and Thicke's law firm, King, Holmes, Paterno & Berliner, have declined to comment.
Meanwhile, the similarity has spawned several mashups - the grey area of copyright law.