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Marvin Gaye's Family Turned Down Six-Figure Offer From Robin Thicke


(AllHipHop News) The back-and-forth between Robin Thicke and the family of Marvin Gaye over the “Blurred Lines”/”Got To Give it Up” controversy takes another turn. Billboard is reporting that prior to Thicke filing a preemptive lawsuit over the matter, he offered the Gaye family a six figure settlement, but the offer was rejected.

Apparently, it was then that Thicke, along with fellow performers on “Blurred Lines” Pharrell Williams and Clifford “T.I.” Harris, filed the lawsuit asking a U.S. District Court judge to clear them of any possibility of being sued by the Gayes for copyright infringement.

[ALSO READ: Robin Thicke, Pharrell, & T.I. Suing Marvin Gaye’s Family & Bridgeport Music Over “Blurred Lines”]

The entire case stems from claims by the children of Marvin Gaye that Thicke’s summer smash too closely resembles Marvin’s classic “Got To Give it Up.” In a recent interview with TMZ, Marvin Gaye III said, “If you listen to the music, I’m sure anyone will see the similarities between what my father does and what Robin Thicke has been trying to do.”

[ALSO READ: Marvin Gaye’s Son Speaks On Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” Lawsuit]

In his suit, Thicke accuses the Gaye family of “claiming ownership of an entire genre” and maintains that “there are no similarities between plaintiffs’ composition and those the claimants allege they own.”

  • Casor_G

    I wouldnt give them a dime

    • They not asking, they are taking.

  • brotha_man

    they want that money that wont stop =percentage of the royalties.

    • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      proof read your stuff next time!

      • brotha_man

        go feed ur gayby, homo elmo

      • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        so u gonna get mad and then edit your sentence anyways?!?!?!?! wow u straight corny!

      • brotha_man

        so is ur outfit, fake new yorker

      • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        that made no sense. try again boy!

      • brotha_man

        u make no sense

    • Celz

      Not gonna happen.. There is no sample used.. Shoulda took the settlement and kept it pushin now that money is going to lawyers to keep you from getting anything..

  • Nemesis_Enforcer

    If he offered them money, then he is guilty.

    • jd

      Word.

    • Sean Taylor

      I can see you’re a small nic and dime type nig.

  • im confused.. if he didnt sample the record then why is he offering money?
    if he did sample the record, then they name the price.. not him…
    which one is it?

    • MrNoName2K

      man you and me both..

    • Tom Rufer

      yeah it makes no sense. Why put up money if you didn’t steal anything?

      • Sean Taylor

        Because often times its cheaper to settle out of court than to drag it out in court with expensive lawyer fees and time.

        Business 101 lil nig.

      • Tom Rufer

        6 figures was offered when he wasn’t even being sued in the first place.

        And lol @ lil nig…you internet folk crack me up.

  • sixnoxrecords

    That version makes more sense. I don’t understand why the focus is on Thicke anyway. Interscope has the deep pockets. If I were the Gaye’s I’d make peace with Thicke so he doesn’t get in the way of going after Interscope.

    • He’s acting as an agent of Interscope, and through his BS, exposes Interscope to damages.

  • hoeyuno

    I heard a recent interview with thicke(randomly) and he in a way shifts the blaim to pharrell. saying I gotta give the credit to pharrell for all those clever rhymes…haha.. but apparently there has been many other songs including “funkedelic” that sound like that Marvin song.

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  • $18916246

    If Robin is trying to avoid paying the Gaye family i.e. writers credit, sample credit, he’s dead wrong. Not sure if the Gaye family argument is an absolute refusal of use of the sample. But either way Robin is going to have to honor the Gaye family request and the issue is far worse if they are intimately saying that they are not clearing the sample. This means a outright stoppage and reimbursement of monies earned from the song/track. The other issue is the Gaye family arrives at an agreement but at an unfair premium for the use of the sample. Pharrell clearly sampled Marvin Gayes song, in he chose to go about usage in a gorrilla fashion he’s ultimately gonna pay.

    • No means No & this looks like it’s shaping up to be an expensive way to learn it!

      >>Offers Robin $10 for his car, then sues after he declines to release me from any liabilities resulting from snatching his @$$ out of it & throwing him to the floor before speeding off with squealing tires.

      *Same concept

      These dudes are crabs.

    • Casor_G

      He didn’t even sample the track

      • KingsCountyCrooklyn

        the song has a short sampled element of the original, but its arranged differently and is less then 8 seconds.

      • Dead wrong

        Ah… didn’t know that. It actually does contain a sample.. yep get ready to pay up white chocolate.

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  • We let Elvis take rock, Eminem take Hip-Hop, Justin Timberlake sounds like Michael Jackson, Robin Thicke does sound like Marvin Gaye, Erick Clapton took The Blues away from us, I mean imagine that, I could go on and on. Bottom line, We have been getting robbed for our style, sound, look, for years. I’m not racist, but I’m willing to bet if the shoe’s were reversed, there’s no way Robin Thicke would let the Gaye family use his songs. When was the last time you heard any black singer doing an Elvis impersonation? Black people are to blame, and don’t give me this crap about music is universal, these big time executives have been robbing the black sound since the beginning.

    • Obi Won

      Not to be funny, but, I don’t know ANYONE who talks about Elvis. Eminem in no shape form or fashion can take hip hop. Em said himself, if he were black would he be mentioned among the greats. Em is a lyrical MONSTER, but no one wants to be like Em. Em sells records b/c all races enjoy his music, but him taking over hip hop is laughable. The Jay-Z’, the Nas’, the BIGs and Pacs, will never be be dethroned by Eminem. PERIOD!!!. Andre 3000 is talked among the greats and he doesn’t even have a rap solo album out (crazy!!!) Those white boys u just named simply get a Black Entertainment Pass, no black person would imitate Elvis b/c we wouldnt need to. Like you said they sound like US!!! WE aren’t trying sound like them lol

    • Sheila McFarland

      I agree 100%. Robin Thicke, T.I. Harris and Pharrell knew exactly what they were doing when they sampled Marvin Song and I hope a judge makes them pay royalties big time!

  • Guest

    Didn’t the Neptunes do the beat? Who was the Executive producer to make the song sound like is it? Who wrote it?
    TI’s corny rapping isn’t talked about, its the nice melody of the song, that remind people of Marvin Gaye.

  • Mike Swiff

    come on man this is what white-soul does; from Elvis to Jon B to Justin Timberwack all of these white soul singers take from our music. THE BIGGER ISSUE IS AFRICAN AMERICANS PURCHASING THE TRASH AND R&B AND HIP HOP STATIONS PLAYING THE $HIT!

    • Sheila McFarland

      Jlo and ll cool jay tried to sample Debra Laws “all my love” some years ago and the Laws family sued and won, Jlo pulled the song in its entirety! Robin Thicke will indeed have to pay up and we not speaking 6 figures, thats a slap in the familys face!

  • Binky Ballard

    I think he offered the money to them, to say ” hey, this is tribute to your Dad for him inspiring my music” I think he did that as a gentlemanly gesture before record labels, and shit got into it. Some of Robin’s music can sound like old school soul, sampled from the greats like Stevie Marvin, The Gap Bad (Robin sings OLD SCHOOL SOUL) so I think he did that to keep them from ASSUMING he used Marvin’s music in hist song. Like someone on here said, who produced the song? Who mixed the track, who wrote it?Interscope is wrong not Pharrell Robin or T.I. The song has had folks’s darwls in a bunch since the video came out. He is NOT objectifying any women in the song or video. ( Models wear LESS on the run way) they brought the gentleman’s club to the music video scene. They are taking OFF the MASK of sexual taboo’s. The line about ” How the girl was a good girl then when she got with Robin she’s been opened up to a whole new world” Now how MANY songs have we hard men say they OPENED us up as women?? The “good girls, the virgin’s” Showed us new things? In “W”In the song Shawty” by Plies ” He says when you was with your old dude you ain’t even know how to throw it back, I told you how to talk to me while you take pipe now you a sex animal I got that sex game right” Robin is doing what ALL artists do talk about SEX he just threw some visuals to go along with his vision.

    • Sheila McFarland

      Binky, you cannot sample another artists music and not let them know ahead of time. Robin head “got to give it up” and wanted to do something with it….that’s sampling my friend and a six figure check is a drop in the bucket from what the song has already made these three in-original artists.

      • Binky Ballard

        Sheila, I know that. I don’t believe he stole it, I believe he asked them, and they wanted all this drama and Robin and the boys counter sued so they could not get into trouble. Most artisit’S AIN’T offering up ANYTHING and for him doing that was the right thing, they are just mad that the WHITE MEN have more romance, more class then the brother’s that isALL you can tell from Marvin’s son’s comment. That is so ignorant on his part not Robin’s is all I’m saying the song has left a bad taste in folks’ mouth since it came out is all i’m saying babe

  • Sheila McFarland

    Clearly, Robin Thicke copied the music, he said so when he said he heard the song and wanted to do something with it. Mr. Thicke that’s copyright infringement, you know that Pharrell knows that and so does T.I. I hope a judge denies the request and makes them all pay back what they owe. When you sample or use another artists song, lyrics or music that is copyright infringement PERIOD!

  • Dead wrong

    I need to read up on copyright laws because the song sounds ‘inspired’ by Marvin’s number, not completely copied. If you don’t use the exact same beat, or any of the lyrics is it still considered copying? Vanilla ice got away with lifting the beat for ‘Ice, Ice Baby’, claiming there was one difference in the baseline, i.e. “Ding ding ding de DE ding”. A lot of artists are inspired by their idols consciously or subconsciously and create songs that sound very similar to the original tunes.

  • Slaughtr

    Plain and simple be a artist and create your own shyt,If the owners of what you biting have a prroblem then cease that bs. Offering the Gaye’s money is like saying here some doe for biting sorry we stold a little. even though I applaud the creativity of sampling if the shyt is noticeable you have bitten..haha, so innovate so you don’t look like a thief. Personally Thicke is whack.

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