Marvin Gaye’s Family Rejects Robin Thicke’s Six-Figure Offer

by Karl Utermohlen | August 26, 2013 1:11 pm

Marvin Gaye’s family had a chance to end its ongoing copyright battle with Robin Thicke, but the artist’s hefty offer wasn’t enough for the family.

Fox News reports that Thicke offered Gaye’s family[1] a six-figure offer to settle the lawsuit regarding his alleged copyright infringement. The family filed a pre-emptive suit on Aug. 15 claiming that Thicke’s hit song ‘Blurred Lines’ took elements from Gaye’s classic song ‘Got To Give It Up.’

The family claims that Thicke’s summer hit violates copyright laws because it incorporates some elements from the Motown legend’s song.

The R&B artists responded by saying that he was trying to evoke an era with ‘Blurred Lines’ and the songs are completely different. He added that he was inspired by Gaye, but Gaye’s family does not own an entire genre.

Before his death in 1984, Marvin Gaye was one of the most influential musicians of his generation, garnering several posthumous awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

  1. Fox News reports that Thicke offered Gaye’s family:

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