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Marvin Gaye's family settles 'Blurred Lines' case with Sony/ATV

Marvin Gaye's children claim Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" sounds too similar to their late father's "Got to Give it Up."
Posted By Kate Stanton   |   Jan. 14, 2014 at 8:27 PM   |   Comments

Jan. 14 (UPI) -- In the ongoing saga over Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and its supposed similarity to Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit, "Got to Give it Up," Gaye's children have settled with Sony/ATV on undisclosed terms.

Gaye's family sued EMI April, which is owned by Sony/ATV, last year for failing to protect his music from copyright infringement. EMI April also manages Thicke's copyright, so things got pretty complicated.

Sony/ATV -- which already owns a sizable 30-percent share of the music publishing market, as The Hollywood Reporter explains -- is now freed from having to explain its copyright protection practices.

With Sony/ATV's part in the legal drama out of the way, the case will now focus on the family's countersuit against Robin Thicke and his "Blurred Lines" collaborators T.I. and Pharrell. Thicke preemptively sued Gaye's estate last August, asking a judge to protect him from possible copyright infringement claims.

Thicke maintains that "Blurred Lines" is "reminiscent" of Gaye's sound, while Gaye's family have reportedly said Thicke has an obsession with the late artist.

[The Hollywood Reporter, Rolling Stone]

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