Per Billboard, Robin Thicke’s team offered a six-figure sum to members of Marvin Gaye’s family in order to preempt a copyright infringement showdown, but the family turned it down.
According to sources knowledgeable with the lawsuit, the settlement offer came after Frankie Christian Gaye, Marvin Gaye III and Nona Marvisa Gaye accused Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” hit single of plagiarizing “Got To Give it Up,” written and composed by Marvin Gaye, who died in 1984.
Subsequently, Thicke, along with “Blurred Lines” co-writers Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris, Jr., filed a lawsuit on Aug. 15 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles requesting a ruling that “Blurred Lines” does not infringe on “Got To Give It Up.” It also requested a similar judgement with regard to another accusation, by Bridgeport Music Inc., that “Blurred Lines” infringed on George Clinton‘s “Sexy Ways.”
Question, why offer someone millions of dollars for music that you and your team claim is not an infringement on their musical copyrights? We hope for the sake of the Gaye family they work it out amicably where everyone is happy at the end of the day.