Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell Fighting Marvin Gaye Estate Over “Blurred Lines”

(AllHipHop News) The estate of one of Robin Thicke’s musical influences is threatening to take legal action against his most successful single, “Blurred Lines”.

According to The Hollywood Reporter,  T.I. (Clifford Harris), Pharrell (Pharrell Williams) and Robin Thicke filed a lawsuit yesterday (August 15th) against the estate of Marvin Gaye who have claimed that “Blurred Lines” bare copy songs they have rights over. According to the suit, the Gaye estate is claiming “Blurred Lines” copies elements of Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up”

But there are no similarities between plaintiffs’ composition and those the claimants allege they own, other than commonplace musical elements. Plaintiffs created a hit and did it without copying anyone else’s composition.

The three artists are looking admission that “Blurred Lines” does not copy from Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” and that the Gaye estate not pursue any further legal action on the grounds of copyright infringment.

The estate, which also owns The Funkadelics catalog, has alleged that the song also borrows from The Funkadelic’s “Sexy Ways”. Funkadelic frontman and funk legend George Clinton took to his personal Twitter account to voice his support for Robin Thicke in the ongoing legal dispute:


  • maya

    Biting HARD? Yes.
    Unoriginal? Yes.
    Copyright infringement? I don’t think so.

    • Nemesis_Enforcer

      Copyright Infringement is the legal term for biting

  • timwest1000

    Pharell always steals peoples beats. This song was just like Marvin Gaye to the letter. Pharell is on some whack status in hip hop. BOOOOOOO. I thought they had a sample clearance for that joint.

  • Dalascby

    I like Robin but the dude is a repeat offender with Marvin’s music. He’d better hope that the family doesn’t also bring up Million Dolla Baby…damned near a straight plagiarism of Trouble Man, just with different lyrics. He’ll need to find a judge with no ears to win the case if that happens. C’mon Robin, this is not a good PR move for you, just pay some royalties and be done with it…you can certainly afford it.

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  • Mec-One

    They did the mix on Tom Joyners morning show back in July and it mixed perfect

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  • Boo Thang

    With all due respect to ever artist dead or alive, when “Blurred Lines”
    made its first spin on the airways anyone with an ear for music instantly knew that “Blurred Lines” was a sample of Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” I thought the producers of “Blurred Lines” did a great job in revitalizing Marvin Gaye and bring him current. Now knowing that the producers and current artist Robin Thicke, T.I and Pharrell are eluding their responsibilities to even acknowledge Marvin Gaye’s artistry is an insult especially coming from T.I and Pharrell.

    I can understand Robin Thicke disposition in suing Marvin Gaye’s family from a
    business stand point, but the audacity of Pharrell and T.I is beyond my
    understanding. T.I named one of his albums “Trouble Man” and listening
    to Pharrell you clearly hear the inspiration of Marvin Gaye. Robin Thicke’s swag
    has Marvin Gaye written all over it, he made a comment to GQ magazine stating, “Pharrell and I were in the studio and I told him that one of my favorite songs of all time was Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got to Give It Up,’ ” Mr. Thicke said in an interview with GQ. He recalled that he told his partner, “We should make something like that, something with that groove.”

    I just don’t understand how people with a few more
    dollars then the average believe that they are exempt. It’s one thing to be
    black in America, it’s another thing to die famous and black in America either
    way there is no respect. The only way we will get respect is standing up for
    each other and our history. If black people don’t wake up and realize that before long we will not have any history because everything good will be all white. Robin Thicke, just because you marinate in a little black sauce your still white, so I forgive you for trying to protect your music “the money.” T. I and Pharrell I know your family say, “you otha be ashamed of yourselves you know damn well Marvin Gaye made that song first.” Marvin Gaye died tragically at least in death let him live on by respecting his music. -Shameful-

  • Laurel Ash DeHaan

    Sorry Boo Thang, but I agree with Maya. This is not a copyright infringement case, period.

  • Slaughtr

    Robin is another example of culture stealing ass individuals, pharrel is corny, and TI has become your average Mo. Disrespectful ass artist=biters.