Marvin Gaye Family Settles “Blurred Lines” Lawsuit With Sony/ATV

(AllHipHop News) One portion of the legal saga between Marvin Gaye’s family and parties involved with Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” has come to end. The Gayes have agreed to a settlement with music publishing company Sony/ATV according to Billboard.

[ALSO READ: Marvin Gaye’s Family Files Countersuit Against Robin Thicke & EMI]

Sony/ATV was brought into the dueling lawsuits between the Gaye family and Thicke over the similarities between “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” The Gayes accused Sony/ATV (which publishes music for both Thicke and Gaye) of not being impartial in the legal fight between the two. It was even alleged that the publishing company purposely planted a false story in the media that the family refused a six-figure offer from Thicke to make them appear “unreasonable.”

The terms of the Sony/ATV and Gaye settlement were not made public. The lawsuits between the Gaye family and Robin Thicke are still moving forward.

[ALSO READ: Rap Genius Announces Licensing Deal With Sony/ATV Music Publishing]

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17 Responses to “Marvin Gaye Family Settles “Blurred Lines” Lawsuit With Sony/ATV”

  1. i'mreloaded!

    If that song woulda flopped you wouldn’t have heard a thing from Marvin’s family I bet. I do hear similarities between the two though.

    • ursocalledgod

      no shit! if there was no money to be gained why bother. they obviously sampled though. thats the first thing i thought of when i heard the song for the first time. i was wondering how long it would take for the suits to come.

    • wickedjones

      I can’t understand why all these black folks be embracing dude. Just like Michael bolton stealing the Isley brothers song. I swear we want acceptance at all costs. You can’t just take anyones sh@t.

  2. ursocalledgod

    anybody that knows marvins songs should of known this was coming. thats one of his most popular. especially if your black this was played at many of family gatherings, back yard bbqs, family reunions etc lol. shame on them boys for not atleast asking permission let alone breaking bread with the fam.

    • Arrie Mental Woodard

      break bread for what… having a smiliar sound… if there is no copywrite infringement where is the crime or theft?

      • ursocalledgod

        If you know music you know it’s a blatant rip off. Integrity my friend…integrity.

      • ZUBU

        Integrity, respect, paying homage to a legend. Michael Jackson, Prince and many others patterened their styles, dance moves, stage presentation after James Brown. Though their styles differed they always gave James his props. Eddie Murphy showed Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, etc. the same type of respect.
        Lil’ Richard complained that the Elvis’, and other white artists of that era never gave him his props. I guess Robin Thicke and others are this generation’s version of white dudes jacking our style. Are we regressing as a society hmm… no black artists had a number one song this year? Dang that is so 1950 ish, 1960 ish.
        Nothing personal against Thicke, in fact I like the dudes music a bit.

      • Arrie Mental Woodard

        i dont follow charts but i cant believe Kendrick didnt have one? i thought everybody loved him.

  3. docjambeats

    Marvin Gaye is one of my favorite artists of all-time, and YES “Blurred Lines” does FEEL like “Got to Give It Up”…yet the Gaye estate had NO CASE. There was no sampling, interpolation, or use of lyrical content, therefore there was no copyright infringement.

    Sony/ATV likely offered the Gaye family a six figure payout against FUTURE Marvin Gaye royalties in order to reach the settlement.

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