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.
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."
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."