Marvin Gaye’s Children, Sony Settle “Blurred Lines” Case
Marvin Gaye, the late R&B legend, became a part of recent conversation after a lawsuit surrounding Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines” smash hit. Marvin Gaye’s children sued record company EMI for not suing Thicke over using elements of their father’s music, but have settled with the company in the complicated matter.
EMI, which is owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, settled the case on Tuesday (January 15) with Nona and Frankie Gaye after their attempted legal salvo. The financial terms of the settlement are unknown, and the Gaye family cannot bring a future suit against Sony according to terms. The Associated Press has more.
From the AP:
A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday granted Nona Marvisa Gaye and Frankie Christian Gaye’s dismissal of their lawsuit against EMI, which is owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Documents say the Gayes and Sony have an agreement and claims against Sony can’t be brought again. A representative for the Gaye family said the terms of the settlement were confidential.
Thicke and his collaborators T.I. and Pharrell Williams asked a federal judge in August to rule they didn’t copy “Got to Give It Up” for “Blurred Lines,” which is nominated for record of the year and other awards at the Jan. 26 Grammy Awards. Their song has sold 6.6 million tracks and was last year’s biggest hit. It spent 12 weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The Gaye family say that Thicke used other elements of their father’s music for another big hit, “Love After War,” and will continue to pursue the singer for copyright infringement in a separate case.