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Thicke sues Gaye family over Blurred Lines

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Suing a dead soul legend's family for refusing to accept your money for ripping off his music? Classy. Anyone who has ever listened closely to Robin Thicke's lyrics will be aware that he isn't the most enlightened mind in hip-hop, but his ongoing legal war with the protectors of Marvin Gaye's estate is not going to endear him to fans who rightly revere Gaye.

Thicke and the other songwriters behind 'Blurred Lines' offered the Gaye family a six-figure settlement, which seemed to acknowledge that they had purloined substantial amounts of Gaye's song 'Got To Give It Up'. When the Gaye family seemed inclined to resist that offer and hold out for more, Thicke and company rushed to their lawyers to issue a preemptive lawsuit of their own.

The intricacies of the American legal system elude us, but this appears to be a case of Thicke suing the Gayes for having the temerity to protect their father's work. This after Thicke had pretty much admitted, by his initial offer, that there was plagiarism involved.

Thicke had previously airily argued that "being reminiscent of a sound is not copyright infringement. The intent in producing 'Blurred Lines' was to evoke an era." The era evoked presumably being that one where white men routinely ripped off black artists and failed to pay them their dues.

The problem is that Thicke by name, thick by nature has already pretty much incriminated himself and co-writer Pharrell in recent interviews. "Pharrell and I were in the studio and I told him that one of my favorite songs of all time was Marvin Gaye’s 'Got to Give It Up,'" Thicke told GQ. "'We should make something like that, something with that groove.'"

Now, with the song a massive hit, Thicke wants to cash in by licensing it for ads and movie soundtracks and he would have gotten away with it if it weren't for those pesky Gayes. "We’re not happy with the way that he went about doing business," Marvin Gaye III told TMZ, "let alone suing us over something where he clearly got his inspiration from at the least."

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