Britton Law, P.A.
Free Consultation For Injury Cases
Due to precautions related to COVID-19, remote consultations via teleconferencing, Facetime or Skype are available. Please contact our office to discuss if this option is appropriate for your situation. Let’s all stay healthy and safe.

Lawsuit alleges Thicke stole Marvin Gaye music

In a continuing controversy that has interested North Carolina music fans, the family of Marvin Gaye has accused Robin Thicke of a history of taking Gaye's material and has filed a lawsuit against him. The family initially threatened legal action against Thicke when they alleged that he based much of his recent hit song "Blurred Lines" from Gaye's 1977 "Got to Give It Up". Thicke and his collaborators subsequently filed suit asking the court to rule that his song was not a copy. The current business litigation is in the form of a counterclaim filed by the Gaye family in which they are asserting that Thicke used Gaye's song "After the Dance" when he co-created "Love After War".

The attorney for the Gaye family reported that they have pulled together documentation regarding their case and hope to present it to a judge and jury who can make a decision. The family is seeking an unknown amount of financial compensation and wants Thicke and any co-authors of songs to cease using Gaye's material.

Thicke has admitted that he was inspired by Gaye's music, which drew fans to his songs and increased sales and revenue. However, he claims that the musical aspects of his songs differ from Gaye's. Although he explained that Gaye was a strong influence in his music and intended to capture the sense of a musical period, he added that the Gaye family is trying to own an entire genre. Gaye's family insists that the songs 'feel" the same and petitioned an expert to confirm their claim.

The counterclaim action was filed by the Gaye family in a California federal court. In addition to Thicke, the lawsuit also names various music publishers and record companies as defendants.

Source: USA Today, "Lawsuit: Thicke blurred lines between admiration, theft", Nate Rau, October 30, 2013

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Send Us An Email. We’ll Listen.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Britton Law, P.A.
2850 Village Drive, Suite 206
Fayetteville, NC 28304

Toll Free: 888-811-9738
Phone: 910-401-3356
Fayetteville Law Office Map

Britton Law, P.A. Office

Call Our Law Firm:

910-401-3356 ~or~ 888-811-9738
Lawsuit alleges Thicke stole Marvin Gaye music | Britton Law, P.A.