Friday, 31 October 2014
Robin Thicke & Pharrell Williams going to court over Blurred Lines
Ouch, I don't want to be in the shoes of Robin Thicke or Pharrell Williams. The two's case against Marvin Gaye's family will now go to trial. Music-news reports that "The musicians have been embroiled in legal proceedings for more than a year after Thicke, Williams and Clifford Harris Jr., better known as T.I., who raps on the track Blurred Lines, sought in August 2013 to pre-emptively protect the song from claims it originated from the Motown legend's 1977 smash hit Got to Give It Up. The Gaye family responded with a countersuit, accusing Robin and Williams of stealing elements for Blurred Lines. They also allege Thicke ripped off Gaye's After the Dance for his song Love After War. On Thursday U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt denied Williams and Thicke's motion for a summary judgement, ruling the issue must now go to trial, Billboard reports. In his ruling, the magistrate wrote members of the Gaye family 'have made a sufficient showing that elements of Blurred Lines may be substantially similar to protected, original elements of Got to Give It Up,' adding, 'Defendants have identified these with particularity for purposes of analytic dissection." Kronstadt also cited 'conflicting analyses' on 'signature phrases, hooks, bass lines, keyboard chords, harmonic structures and vocal melodies' by experts hired by both the plaintiffs and the defendants." What do you think? Below is the Marvin Gaye song and Robin’s Blurred Lines. Also there is a comparison video of the two songs. Are there any merit in the case?