To avoid taking a copyright dispute to court, Robin Thicke offered Marvin Gaye‘s family a six-figure settlement – to which they rejected. Gaye’s family accused Thicke of plagiarizing Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up” for his hit “Blurred Lines.”
This isn’t the first accusation of plagiarism that Robin Thicke has received - Bridgeport Music, Inc. is similarly accusing the singer of copying George Clinton‘s “Sexy Ways.” George Clinton has said that he doesn’t feel Robin Thicke copied his song and earlier this month Thicke, and his co-writers,Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris, Jr. filed a lawsuit in L.A. asking a judge to rule that “Blurred Lines” doesn’t copy from either of those songs.
Thicke has said that “Blurred Lines” was inspired by Gaye’s hit song but Gaye’s family says, “We’re not happy with the way that he went about doing business, let alone suing us for something where he clearly got his inspiration from at the least.” As Clinton has pointed out, if Thicke is being accused of plagiarizing the tunes, then every other artist out there should be sued for the same thing – most new songs are inspired by some old classic. He says it’s just the way the music business is and you should take it as a compliment that the music inspired them.