Robin Thicke is quite possible having the worst year ever… Divorce… flop album.. and a lawsuit involving his biggest single is officially headed to trial….
Robin Thicke and Pharrell have been involved in an legal battle with Marvin Gaye‘s estate over his #1 hit song, Blurred Lines, which the estate claims copies Gaye’s 1970’s hit, “Got to Give It Up.”
U.S. District Court Judge John Kronstadt denied Thicke and William’s motion for a court ruling stating that “Blurred Lines” had not borrowed substantially from Gaye’s song, instead writing that Gaye’s family members “have made a sufficient showing that elements of ‘Blurred Lines’ may be substantially similar to protected, original elements of ‘Got to Give It Up.’
Judge Kronstadt’s ruling yesterday cited similarities of “various hooks in both songs, bass lines, keyboard parts, vocal lines and elements of both songs’ melodic and harmonic composition.”
Ultimately, the lawsuit has been given the green light. Williams and Thicke proactively filed a lawsuit against Gaye’s estate, once it became clear that Gaye’s estate was gonna be suing them for infringement, and the estate counter-sued.
Looks like this “I’m gonna get you before you get me” approach may have backfired.
Round 1 goes to the estate and the trial is slated to start on Feb. 10, 2015. Let us pray.