Friday, October 31, 2014

Robin Thicke And Pharrell Williams Lose First Round In ‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit

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Round One goes to the Marvin Gaye estate.

Thanks to a California judge’s ruling, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have lost the first major battle in the war against the late singer’s family over whether their breakout hit,“Blurred Lines,” steals from Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up.”

According to Billboard, U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt denied Thicke and Williams’ motion for summary judgement Thursday (October 30) citing that there is enough evidence to move forward with the family’s claim.

“The Gaye family have made a sufficient showing that elements of ‘Blurred Lines’ may be substantially similar to protected, original elements of ‘Got to Give It Up’,” he wrote. “Defendants have identified these with particularity for purposes of analytic dissection.”

The Paula singer and the “Get Lucky” producer filed a lawsuit back in September after they were threatened with legal action by the Gaye family, who countersued based on Thicke’s “Marvin Gaye fixation” and recent admission that he had lied to the media.

Judge Kronstadt, however, didn’t use that against Thicke in his ruling of the “inverse-ratio rule,” which means that lots of access to a song necessitates less proof of similarity.

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