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Robin Thicke Files Lawsuit in Defense of “Blurred Lines”

Posted Friday August 16, 2013 9:45 AM GMT

It’s one of the hottest songs of the summer, and “Blurred Lines” has earned Robin Thicke all kinds of money, so it’s no wonder that he wants to protect the tune.

The “Shooter” singer filed a lawsuit against Marvin Gaye’s family and a company that holds the rights to a portion of Funkadelic’s catalog, as both parties have indicated they will likely seek compensation from Thicke for copyright infringement.

Apparently the Gaye estate claims that “Blurred Lines” is too similar to Marvin’s “Got to Give It Up,” and Bridgeport is calling foul over parallels to Funkadelic’s “Sexy Ways.”

Robin’s suit states, "Plaintiffs, who have the utmost respect for and admiration of Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic and their musical legacies, reluctantly file this action in the face of multiple adverse claims from alleged successors in interest to those artists. Defendants continue to insist that plaintiffs' massively successful composition, 'Blurred Lines,' copies 'their' compositions."

"But there are no similarities between plaintiffs' composition and those the claimants allege they own, other than commonplace musical elements. Plaintiffs created a hit and did it without copying anyone else's composition."