Why?

The song that most loved and hated at the same time, the most annoying song of the 2013 summer, Robin Thicke’s most popular career hit. “Blurred lines” changed the pop culture adding a older flow with todays pop and R&B style. It instantly became one of the highest selling singles of all time selling over 14.8 million copies. But how would you feel if you found out this hit wasn’t Robin Thicke’s original piece of art, if you found out he stole the rhythm and even the lyrics without sharing profit to the original artist? When we were learning about copyright in class last week it was intriguing to me to find out more information on popular copyright cases, then I stumbled upon this one. Marvin Gayes 1977 hit “got to give it up” was noticeably ripped off in blurred lines. Co-written by famous producer Pharrell Williams Blurred lines was quickly sued by the Marvin Gaye estate for violating copyright law. The family of Marvin Gaye were shocked and angry to here the obvious similarities between the two songs and asked for a 7.3-million-dollar payout. Thicke’s and Pharrell’s defense in this situation were that the similar lyrics and rhythm came from their own creativity not Gaye’s. There defense loss the jury when the Gaye family pulled up an interview where Robin Thicke himself states “Marvin Gaye influences me a lot I find myself stealing from him”. As you probably guessed Thicke and his team loss the defense which Thicke then personally came out and said he had nothing to do with the production of the track so its not his fault. This case intrigued me because I don’t understand how Thicke and his team didn’t just ask for include the Gaye family in on what he was doing, Why steal and then act as if you didn’t know you were stealing. This case changed the course of his life since he hasn’t had a song even crack billboard 100 list and his last album which assume you didn’t hear of sold just 6,000 copies.

 

Willie Brown

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