Marvin Gaye Family Beat Robin Thicke And Pharrell Williams In First Round Of 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

Posted: Oct 31 2014, 9:00am CDT | by , in News | Latest Celebrity News


Marvin Gaye Family beat Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams in First Round of 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit
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A judge recently dismissed a plea by Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams regarding the Blurred Lines song.

A trial is taking place that could make the song Blurred Lines appear to be a case of creative theft. It bears an uncanny resemblance to Marvin Gaye’s song Got to Give it Up. The judge named John Kronstadt put the brakes on Pharrell Williams’ and Robin Thicke’s motion in the courtroom. 

The two musicologists appealed to the law for copyright protection after Marvin Gaye’s family threatened them with a copyright infringemnt case. According to the family of the famous black musician, the two singers had copied their son’s song which was titled Got to Give it Up. 

Moreover, the family contended that Thicke had blatantly copied another song of Marvin. As the family members vociferously claimed…Blurred Lines pretended to take over an entire genre. 

The battle lines got drawn and soon it wasan allout war between the two camps. Both sides were heavily armed with arguments for and against what was right and what was wrong. They brought forth their evidence-based presentations from musicians they had worked for to mashups they were responsible for. 

Even Thicke’s rants about his drug abuse were presented in a revenge-seeking way by the family of Marvin Gaye. It got pretty ugly. The judge finally got sick and tired of the whole thing. He decided that the case should wait for the right decision. And till then he has placed the onus on none other than Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke. 

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According to the judge, the similarities between the two songs were enough to warrant a case of copyright infringement by the two pop stars. A lot of controversy also exists currently. The fact that Marvin Gaye didn’t really sing the songs but had only composition rights over it is being considered too. 

After a lot of bickering and dilly dallying,the judge decided to freeze matters for now. He saw that things had gotten quite heated and crazy between the two sides. The contestants for the privilege over the sing Blurred Lines were both equally adamant they either side was right on this score. And such matters couldn’t be so easily given a verdict. They need time and patience and have to be decided after much cogitation and wise comparison. 

And Robin Thicke was already a wreck with his album Paula which he dedicated to his estranged wife, Paula Patton. She left him after he was caught cheating on her with Miley Cyrus. The singer tried all sorts of tricks tobring her back to his side but they all proved to be not worth the effort. She has left him for good and won’t be coming back into his arms for a while. 

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Meanwhile, the judge who has chosen to put the whole issue of Blurred Lines on the backburner is also saying that the two songs ought to be compared carefully with one another for the nuances that make them alike. If there is sufficient evidence that points in the direction of a similarity than Marvin Gaye’s family wins the case hands down. 

And if on the contrary Blurred Lines is a wholly different song from Got to Give it Up, well, then Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke win. It is clearly a case of who has the edge in this game. And Marvin Gaye who died in 1984 was the on who came first on the scene so he has an obvious advantage in this copyright game of who imitated who. 

It is often seen that what is happening in one part of the world happens again in another part at the same time or separated by several years. This is because culture is such an airy fairy thing that its elements whether they be words, pictures or musical notes, are literally caught from the air high above. 

The noosphere which is where the voices of all of humanity are trapped since the day Homo Sapiens walked the earth is the precise place from which artists and visionaries catch their ideas and inspirations. They just have to send out feelers rather like ants antennae and the result is beautiful songs and masterpiece books.     

Sources: THR , SMH

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