Marvin Gaye’s Family Wants Judge to Punish T.I., Universal and Interscope
Earlier this month, a judge awarded to the family of the late, legendary Marvin Gaye over $7 million because it was determined that Robin Thicke, Pharrell and T.I.'s "Blurred Lines" was not sufficiently dissimilar from Gaye's "Got To Give It Up." In what has been roundly cited as a verdict that could send shockwaves throughout the music industry, Pharrell and Thicke, the track's chief composers, are being held liable for, in short, plagiarizing Gaye's song, though the judge's verdict exempted the labels who released the song from paying any damages. The decision also let T.I., who is credited only with writing his verse on the track, off the hook. The Gaye family officially filed an injunction attempting to block the distribution and sale of "Blurred Lines."
Now, the Gaye family is dissatisfied. The Hollywood Reporter reports that they have filed a motion that seeks to amend that judge's decision to include not only T.I. in the list of people financially culpable for "Blurred Lines," but also Universal, Interscope and Star Trak, the labels who jointly released the song. Richard Busch, lawyer for the Gaye family, said of the effort that there is no separating those "by virtue of their participation in the creation, manufacture and distribution" of "Blurred Lines" were complicit in plagiarizing "Got To Give It Up."
There are two possible benefits to the Gaye family should this new motion be successful. First, and most obviously, it could result in more money being paid in damages. But it might also bolster the argument for a judge to issue an injunction that would stop the sale of "Blurred Lines." XXL will have all the pertinent updates to this case.
According to E!, Thicke and Paula Patton are officially divorce. It became final in court yesterday and cited "irreconcilable differences" as the cause of the split. They were married for 9 years and will share custody of their four-year-old son, Julian.