Friday, October 31, 2014

Marvin Gaye's family wins first round in "Blurred Lines" Case

The judge ruled against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams in this first leg of the "Blurred Lines" case, rejecting the duo's attempt to have the Marvin Gayes family's case thrown out of court.
"Defendants have made a sufficient showing that elements of Blurred Lines may be substantially similar to protected, original elements of Got to Give It Up," Judge John Kronstadt of the US District Court for Central California said."
As a result of the judge's ruling, Thicke and Pharrell will have to face Gaye's family in court. Get out your popcorn, folks.

The judge also ruled that the case against Thicke and Paula Patton may move forward. Gaye's family has charged that the pair stole elements of Gaye's "After the Dance" for its tune "Love After War." I didn't know about that one. Damn, Robin, write your own stuff, please!

Read more at ABC Australia or at the Chicago Tribune, and yes, I'm one of the people who thinks "Blurred Lines" sounds too much like Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up." I also discussed it with a friend of mine, a professional musician and songwriter, and she too said the song's are obviously too close for copyright comfort.

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