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Marvin Gaye’s family has just upped the ante by counterclaiming that Robin Thick stole two songs after Thicke filed a suit to prove “Blurred Lines” wasn’t too similar to “Got to Give It Up.”
As previously reported back in August, Thicke and co-writers Pharrell and T.I. filed a lawsuit over Gaye’s family’s copyright claims.
Thicke was trying to get ahead of the claims and defend his song, which the lawsuit declared, “Being reminiscent of a ‘sound’ is not copyright infringement. The intent in producing ‘Blurred Lines’ was to evoke an era.”
Well, now Gaye’s family has struck back and is claiming that Thicke and company stole two songs, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The family countered Thicke’s suit by saying that he also stole “After the Dance” for “Love After War.” The claim also suggests that more of Thicke’s songs could be at fault.
Gaye’s family also dragged EMI April into the legal battle. Counterclaims accuse EMI of breaching contract by not properly protecting Gaye’s music. EMI is also accused of attempting to intimidate the family and not staying neutral as the company has interests on both sides.
The counterclaims ask that EMI forfeit all profits from “Blurred Lines” and the rights to Gaye’s song catalog.