Legal Whispers: Marvin Gayes Kids Settle ‘Blurred Lines’ Case with Sony
Marvin Gaye’s children have settled claims against Sony over Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”
Marvin’s two kids had accused EMI of not pursuing a copyright infringement case against Thicke because “Blurred Lines” has similarities to Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.”
A Los Angeles judge granted Nona Marvisa Gaye and Frankie Christian Gaye’s dismissal of their lawsuit against EMI, which is owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Documents say the Gayes and Sony have an agreement and claims against Sony can’t be brought again. Terms of the settlement weren’t disclosed.
Dueling lawsuits between the Gaye family and Thicke remain active.
Thicke and his collaborators T.I. and Pharrell Williams were nominated for Record of the Year for the Jan. 26 Grammy Awards. Their song has sold 6.6 million copies and it was last year’s biggest hit. It spent 12 weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Gaye’s children accused the performers in October of copying elements of his music for “Blurred Lines.” Their lawsuit sought to block Thicke from using elements of their father’s music in other songs and claimed Thicke improperly used Gaye’s “After the Dance” for his No. 1 R&B hit “Love After War.”