After facing claims by Marvin Gaye’s family, Bridgeport Music and Funkadelic, that ‘Blurred Lines’ shows similarities to ‘at least’ two of their songs, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris, Jr. are going to court. The suit filed claims that Gaye’ family believes that Blurred Lines has a similar “sound” and “feel” to Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up”. Funkadelic, which is partially owned by Bridgeport Music, sited similarities between the summer hit and their song “Sexy Ways”.
A New York Times critic has said that “Blurred Lines” is “influenced heavily” by Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up,” but the suit makes the point that “being reminiscent of a ‘sound’ is not copyright infringement. The intent in producing ‘Blurred Lines’ was to evoke an era.”
Ultimately what Thicke, Williams and Harris are looking for is not only declaration that their song doesn’t violate any copyright laws but also that Gaye’s family has no interest in pursuing future claims of infringement.