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Gaye family offered money from Thicke before litigation began

By | Published on Tuesday 27 August 2013

Robin Thicke

Reps for this summer’s big pop idiot Robin Thicke allegedly offered the family of Marvin Gaye a six-figure sum after they first made allegations that the singer’s hit ‘Blurred Lines’ plagiarised Gaye’s ‘Got To Give It Up’.

But, says Billboard, Family Gaye knocked back the offer, and so Thicke’s lawsuit seeking court confirmation that his song does not infringe the copyrights in ‘Got To Give It Up’ followed. As previously reported, Thicke’s collaborators on the rather controversial hit, Pharrell Williams and TI, are also plaintiffs on the litigation.

If Team Thicke did indeed offer a settlement to the Gaye family, it would be interesting to know whether than meant the singer’s legal advisors feared there was a case for infringement, or if the star simply didn’t want a public squabble with the family of one of his musical inspirations.

Thicke’s lawsuit, of course, also targets Bridgeport Music which has apparently claimed that ‘Blurred Lines’ also borrows from a Funkadelic track it controls.