Robin Thicke, Pharrell, Williams and Clifford Harris Jr. File Declaratory Relief Against Marvin Gaye’s Family

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Radio Facts: 13-290x290Your first question might be, what is a Declaratory Relief? A Declaratory Relief is an inclination to agree to the judgment of a court that determines the rights of two or more parties and does not order anything to be done or award damages but who didn’t see this coming? The MONSTER hit Blurred Lines has started a string of complaints, legal ramifications from the three performers on Blurred Lines and possible litigation from Marvin Gaye‘s children if they are not paid a monetary settlement. Gaye’s family is threatening copyright infringement but not based on the fact that the song Blurred Lines and Got to Give it Up sound the same but because… this is VERY interesting, they are claiming Marvin Gaye owned the genre. Thicke, Pharrell and T.I. state there are only “elements” of Blurred Lines that resemble Got to Give it up and that it is not a copy of the song. The trio state they have the utmost respect for Marvin Gaye and Funkadelic’s legacy (Bridgeport Music – Funkadelic’s company is also threatening to sue) but that the songs are not the same (huh?) They are suing to maintain the song is their own creation. The Gaye family is responding the song is a direct copy of Marvin Gaye‘s “Got to Give it Up” to which the genre of music belonged to the late Marvin Gaye. Confused yet?

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