Robin Thicke’s lawyers move quick. With allegations of copyright infringement against him, Thicke has gone on the offensive and filed suit first.
blurred-linesOn August 15, 2013, the artists behind what many have been referring to as “the song of the summer” brought a lawsuit for declaratory judgment in the Central District of California. Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris Jr. (better known as T.I.) brought the lawsuit against the family of musical icon Marvin Gaye and Bridgeport Music, owner of certain songs by Funkadelic.
According to the suit, the “Blurred Lines” trio was forced to jump the gun and bring suit after they received multiple threats of litigation and demands for monetary payments by Gaye’s family and Bridgeport for copyright infringement. Specifically, the Gayes and Bridgeport assert that “Blurred Lines” “sounds” and “feels” just like Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” and Funkadelic’s “Sexy Ways.” However, plaintiffs deny copying those songs when creating their smash hit. Plaintiffs do admit that in creating “Blurred Lines” they were inspired by the sound of a certain era, but argue that bringing to mind a specific “sound” does not constitute copyright infringement. Moreover, the lawsuit asserts that there are no similarities “other than commonplace musical elements.”
Thicke, Williams and Harris Jr. seek a declaration by the court that “Blurred Lines” does not violate defendants’ rights. Plaintiffs also seek a declaration that the Gayes do not have standing to enforce rights in Marvin’s “Got to Give It Up” because they do not have a valid copyright interest.  The huge hit single will easily pay off the attorneys’ fees for plaintiffs in this case.