Depending on whom you ask, Pharrell and Robin Thicke getting peeled for $7.4 million after copying a Marvin Gaye track without permission is either justice being served or a bad legal precedent. The “Magic Man” doesn’t come cheap, but his classics can be legally sampled.
All of this is to say, the matter could’ve been easily avoided for two artists who aren’t exactly paupers. We tracked down 12 artists who legally copied Marvin Gaye as a template. You can insert your own “Got To Give It Up” joke now.
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