Marvin Gaye’s Family Accuses Thicke of Copyright Infringement

The family of music legend Marvin Gaye has filed a lawsuit against singer Robin Thicke and music publisher EMI for copyright infringement, the Tennessean reports. The family, represented by Nashville entertainment attorney Richard Busch, claimed in a federal lawsuit filed in California yesterday that Thicke has a pattern of unlawfully borrowing from Gaye, who died in 1984. The family accuses Thicke of stealing from Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” and “After the Dance” for his chart–topping songs “Blurred Lines” and “Love After War.” Thicke denies the allegations and had filed a preemptive suit in August stating, “Being reminiscent of a sound is not copyright infringement … The intent in producing ‘Blurred Lines’ was to evoke an era. In reality, the Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre.”