The Gaye Family And The Blurred Lines Of The Law
  • THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015

  • Posted by: Don Saas

When I heard that the family of Marvin Gaye was suing Robin Thicke and Pharell Williams over 2013 smash hit, "Blurred Lines," I just assumed Gaye's family was as tired as the rest of us about Thicke's date-rape anthem and its equally misogynistic and exploitative video. That's the type of lawsuit I can get behind. But when I found out they were suing over similarities between the song and Gaye's "Got to Give It Up," I was less enthused. Plagiarism is no joke, but there's a thin line between theft and inspiration, and I'm not sure "Blurred Lines" is theft. It's a shit song, but theft is a strong word.

Now, via the Hollywood Reporter, it appears that Gaye's family wants to sue T.I. for his contribution to the song since the $7.3 million they fleeced from Pharrell & Thicke wasn't enough. T.I. should probably still be in jail for unleashing "Whatever You Like" on America, but he just had a rap verse on "Apparently, No Doesn't Mean No..."

Wait... Wait... I'm sorry. "Blurred Lines." I doff my ridiculous Pharrell cap in apologies.

I don't see the T.I. side of the lawsuit going very far, but at least we know what this case was really about. Money. "What's going on?" Marvin Gaye might ask. And the answer is frivolous lawsuits.

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