LOS ANGELES – Two of Marvin Gaye’s children sued Robin Thicke and his collaborators on the hit song Blurred Lines on Wednesday, accusing them of copyright infringement and alleging that music company EMI failed to protect their father’s legacy.
Nona Marvisa Gaye and Frankie Christian Gaye’s suit is the latest salvo in a dispute over Thicke’s hit and whether it copies elements of Gaye’s song Got to Give It Up.
Thicke has denied copying Gaye’s song for Blurred Lines, which has the longest streak this year atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has sold more than 6 million copies so far.
Much of the lawsuit focuses on claims that EMI should have pursued a copyright infringement claim. It accuses the company’s executives of using intimidation to try to stop the Gaye family from pursuing a lawsuit.
Thicke and his collaborators filed a case in August, asking a federal judge to rule that the singers did not copy Got to Give It Up for their hit.
– Associated Press