Singers dream of recording a single that will be touted as the “song of the summer.” This year, that honor goes to Robin Thicke’s catchy “Blurred Lines.” His song is far more controversial than the typical summer song. First, critics including The Daily Beast’s Tricia Romano declared it was kind of “rapey.”
With that fire not out yet, the family of R&B great Marvin Gaye is talking about the similarities between “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up.” Expecting a lawsuit from the Gaye family, Thicke, Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris Jr. are suing the family and Bridgeport Music preemptively. Bridgeport has the rights to Funkadelic’s “Sexy Ways” another song alleged to share similarities with “Blurred Lines.” They’re not seeking money, just a court ruling that the song doesn’t infringe on copyright.
Making matters more confusing is Thicke’s admission that the summer smash is inspired by Gaye’s work and other songs of the era. The real blurred line here is the one between tribute and infringement. In Thicke’s corner is George Clinton, the former lead singer of Funkadelic, who tweeted he supports the singers and there is no sample here.
Read [The Hollywood Reporter]