Marvin Gaye’s Family Wins First Court Battle Against Robin Thicke And Pharrell Over “Blurred Lines”
Pharell Williams and Robin Thicke have found themselves in hot water with the surviving family of Marvin Gaye over their massive hit, "Blurred Lines." Gaye's family have contended that the song is a knockoff of the late, great musician's song "Got To Give It Up" but Pharell and Thicke have held steadfast that their song is infringing and filed a lawsuit against the Gaye family. In response, the Gaye family countersued and claimed that Thicke had a "Marvin Gaye fixation," and that his song, "Love After War" sounds just like Gaye's "After The Dance."
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt denied Pharrell and Robin Thicke's motion for summary judgement which could set up a massive trial over alleged song theft. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Judge Kronstadt said that the Gaye Family, "made a sufficient showing that elements of 'Blurred Lines' may be substantially similar to protected, original elements of 'Got to Give It Up.' Defendants have identified these with particularity for purposes of analytic dissection."
The report also says that, "the Gaye family has offered sufficient evidence to create triable issues about whether their 11-note signature phrase, four-note hook, four-bar bass line, 16-bar harmonic structure and four-note vocal melody are protectable expressions."
A trial is scheduled for Feb 10, 2015.