What was Robin Thicke’s inspiration for ‘Blurred Lines”? On numerous interviews he’s said his life-long love of Marvin Gaye helped him write the hottest song of the summer. But here’s a twist, now Thicke has launched legal action against Gaye’s family and a company that owns some of legendary funk band Funkadelic’s songs in order to shield “Lines” from potential legal copyright action. So in other words, he’s suing so that he won’t get sued.
The suit, filed in California federal court on Friday on behalf of Thicke, Clifford Harris, Jr. and producer/co-songwriter Pharrell Williams was lodged against the Gaye estate and Bridgeport Music. The Gayes and Bridgeport have been threatening legal action if they don’t get a financial settlement over their claims that “Blurred Lines” is too similar to Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” and Funkadelic’s “Sexy Ways”.