Robin Thicke/Marvin Gaye Court Deliberation Continues


This seems to be one of the more high profile music copyright infringement cases that has been brought to light on ThatSongSoundsLike. Deliberations started on Friday in Los Angeles. Here are some pull quotes from AP and Mashable followed by the songs in questions.

AP 3/6/2015:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury has completed its first full day of deliberations in a copyright infringement case in which Marvin Gaye’s family claims the 2013 hit “Blurred Lines” copied their father’s music.

The eight-person panel left Friday afternoon after being told by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt to resume their deliberations on Tuesday.

Gaye’s children are suing Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and the rapper T.I., alleging their song copies Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up.”

Jurors heard from Thicke and Pharrell, who denied they copied Gaye’s song. Much of the trial focused on detailed comparisons of the two songs.

An attorney for the Gaye family told jurors they could award millions of dollars in damages if they determine “Blurred Lines” copied the earlier hit. – AP



Attorneys summarized several days of testimony that included Thicke, Williams, rapper T.I., expert musicologists, record executives, comparison diagrams and multiple playings of “Blurred Lines.” What it did not include was any spins of “Got to Give It Up,” since copyright law only protected its underlying sheet music when it was recorded in 1976.

That means the actual recording of “Got to Give It Up” was not permissible as evidence, which could be a major hurdle for the plaintiffs, who were forced to draw comparisons between the Thicke/Williams hit and the written-out version of Gaye’s party anthem. – Mashable

Here are the songs:


Marvin Gaye – “Got to Give it Up” (1977)

Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” (2013)

See Also:

Robin Thicke Sues Marvin Gaye

Robin Thicke Lied About Writing “Blurred Lines”

Diet Coke vs. Pharrell Williams

Ed Sheeran “Sing” (co-written by Pharrell) vs. Yacht vs. The Rolling Stones

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