Big Trouble for The hit makers
Pharell and Robin Thicke are heading to trial next week over copyright issues regarding their controversial hit ‘Blurred Lines’. The family of late singer Mavin Gaye claim that the song contained significant parts from the simger’s song, “Got to give it up”- a claim both Pharell and Thicke have strenously denied.
Since its release last year, Blurred Lines has drawn just as much success as it has criticism, particularly for its very risqué video, which had scantily clad women parading around the duo. Despite the criticisms, the track was the most downloaded after its release and enjoyed plenty of airtime on major music networks.
The Gaye family claim they’ve been ripped off after the chart success of the track and want compensation because they feel the pair copied Mavin Gaye’s copyright material. It now appears a judge in the US agrees there’s good reason to go to trial. A statement credited to a district Judge involved in the case states that, “The Gaye estate have made a sufficient showing that elements of ‘Blurred Lines’ may be substantially similar to protected, original elements of ‘Got to Give It Up’. Defendants have identified these with particularity for purposes of analytic dissection.”
If successful, Thicke and Pharell may be looking to fork out a hefty sum from their considerable fortunes in compensation to the late singer’s family.