Marvin Gaye’s Family Seek To Block The Sale Of ‘Blurred Lines’

Published: Friday 20th Mar 2015 by David

Marvin Gaye‘s family are far from finished with Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams.

For, after coming out on top during their recent court battle, the singer’s family now seek to block the sale of the song ‘Blurred Lines’, after the pair were found liable for copying a Gaye classic to create the jam.

Arstechnica reports:

The family of Marvin Gaye asked a federal judge to block the sale and performance of “Blurred Lines,” the 2013 hit written by Pharrell Williams and co-performed by Robin Thicke. Last week, a Los Angeles jury awarded the Gaye family $7.4 million in damages and determined that Thicke and Williams had infringed on Gaye’s copyright for the 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up.”

The Gaye family’s lawyers asked for a permanent injunction, but said they weren’t looking to eradicate new sales of the song entirely. (Too bad, in a way, because some of us would be happy if that particular earworm died an inglorious radio death.) Rather, they wanted the injunction as a way to begin negotiations over royalties, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Thicke and Williams’ lawyers contend that the judge should not grant the Gaye family the requested injunction because the companies that recorded and distribute the song were not found liable for infringement in the jury’s verdict from last week.

The jury also ruled that rapper T.I., who is featured on the “Blurred Lines” track, was not liable for copyright infringement. But the Gaye family’s lawyers fired back a motion on Tuesday asking the judge to correct the ruling and hold T.I. and the record companies responsible, because even if they were not directly involved in the copying, they profited from an infringing track.

Without Gaye’s influence, the family argued with a dramatic flourish, “all Interscope would be distributing is a picture of Robin Thicke and a CD containing silence.”

Howard King, the lawyer who represented Thicke, Williams, T.I., and the record companies, has said that he and his clients will keep fighting the verdict through the court system and that the battle is “not finished by any stretch of the imagination.”

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  1. Stephy March 20, 2015

    This family needs to be stopped

    • Anne March 20, 2015

      Some of the people complaining would also sue to the fullest extent allowed if their work was copied. The jury determined it was copyright infringement so why wouldn’t they pursue royalties? The injunction will be removed after they come up with a settlement for royalties. This is typical.

  2. igotstatellithowiseeit March 20, 2015

    They are doing way too much right now.

  3. Navy Nick March 20, 2015

    U all got 7 million/U can’t seriously spend that money before 1/2 that family dead/please go sit down some damn where!!!!!! GREEDY ASS NEGROES!!!!! Im black, I said it?

  4. Keri Qween March 20, 2015

    Money hungry fuckers

  5. Dossome March 20, 2015

    Oh dear…Just enjoy the $7m and move on

    • dotti April 6, 2015

      yeah! just enjoy the UNDESERVED 7 million and pack it up!!!!

  6. Molly March 20, 2015

    Smh you guys already won so let it tf go.

  7. Jamie March 20, 2015

    It’s all about principle here y’all. They’re not asking for more money. They’re asking for justice. The song shouldn’t have never been made. Moreover, Thicke is getting what he deserves.

  8. Mark111 March 20, 2015

    Yall not seeing the big picture. They stole this man’s music and tried to hide their hands. This song launched Robin’s career to mainstream and revived Williams because he been dead for a whole decade. N3rd and The Neptunes been selling dirt and the last time he had a huge production was Holla Back Girl. This song brought him back, so yea, they should be wanting more cause Williams made so much gains off of it

    • TheElusiveLamb March 20, 2015

      Yes that’s true, but at the same time they got their money and probably a cut of the royalties from the song forever, so they should stop and be happy they won.

      • Mark111 March 20, 2015

        It’s not that simple. They sat in court and lied and try to say that they didn’t take from it. “If you gonna kill a cow, you gotta make a burger”, it’s not then being selfish because Ed Shearn’ Thinking Out Loud samples Gaye’s music and it’s selling and doing well. These artist profit off of this track, everything must go.

      • TheElusiveLamb March 20, 2015

        I think we just have to disagree on this one love. I can’t see it your way.

    • CherylSoldierr March 20, 2015

      Pharrell actually came back w get lucky & read the Nile Rodgers article babe. Them “stealing” is arguable.

    • Qua March 20, 2015

      Robin always been selling the hell you been at. If that’s the case Kim needs to Sue nicki, Tina Turner needs to Sue Bey, biggie family need to Sue Jay…THEY ALL GET INSPIRED. I’m pretty sure they didn’t mean to disrespect anybody however I’m not seeing what’s wrong with paying homage and secondly the SONG isn’t gayes technically he only wrote the song lyrics so to the REAL creators of that song shouldn’t they be getting cashed out too?? This family just greedy, why come for ti

  9. rihicon March 20, 2015

    I would’ve just asked for a cut of all future sales tbh.

    • Molly March 20, 2015


  10. Molly March 20, 2015

    For once I agree with that lamb thing

  11. TheElusiveLamb March 20, 2015

    Of course YOU agree with me Motorola… I know you can’t afford, nor do you have health insurance to cover the wounds and scalping that I’ve inflicted on your pickle jar shaped body.

    • Molly March 20, 2015

      Keep showing out for the TGJ girls. Be a big girl and boss up on Twitter.

      • CherylSoldierr March 20, 2015

        She’s on Twitter?

      • Molly March 20, 2015

        She sure does I called her a lying ass bîtch on there and she didn’t say nothing yet on here she wanna act so hard… Lol oh and mind you shes been dming her IDOL Stephy talking shît about me. Kiiii

      • CherylSoldierr March 20, 2015

        OOOOP spill the T molly!

      • Molly March 20, 2015

        @Cheryl notice she hasn’t replied back on Twitter yet boo

      • TheElusiveLamb March 20, 2015

        Not you trying to show off on Twitter Milton. Lol.

      • CherylSoldierr March 20, 2015

        The T is hot molly. You make people so mad lol

  12. Mother March 20, 2015

    They’re petty as hell

  13. TheElusiveLamb March 20, 2015

    So now arguing on Twitter shows I’m a big deal? Lol.

  14. Dossome March 20, 2015

    I remember reading somewhere that Williams and Thicke filed a lawsuit around the time Marvin’s family were contemplating suing,probably to prevent Marvin’s family from suing…If that’s indeed the case,then I see why they are taking it this far.

  15. Qua March 20, 2015

    If this song was never a hit they wouldn’t have tried to Sue nothing. All these artist get inspired from other artist some sell some don’t. But if this song would have never been big none of this would matter. you can tell it’s about money they are involving people who have nothing to do with what they sought after…

  16. Dossome March 20, 2015

    Without Gaye’s influence, the family argued with a dramatic flourish, “all Interscope would be distributing is a picture of Robin Thicke and a CD containing silence.”……………..OMG 😀 😀 😀 DAMN!!!!!!I’m sure Robin hates Blurred Lines by now so a lawsuit to prevent him from performing it is pretty unnecessary.I mean a song that made you relevant ended up costing you your marriage and tonnes of money and now the terms “adulterer” and “sexist” are more synonymous with Robin than “talented”

  17. March 20, 2015

    damn when it rains.

  18. NENE March 20, 2015

    Next is Fruadyonce.

    • AnnaMaeKeatingsNewWig March 20, 2015

      LOL why is she always on your mind kii you actually can’t form comment without it related to her.

      • NENE March 20, 2015

        Because she is a fraud.

      • AnnaMaeKeatingsNewWig March 21, 2015

        *form a

    • Alex March 21, 2015

      She never loses! Bow down b****!!

    • AnnaMaeKeatingsNewWig March 21, 2015

      LOOOL KII she’s a fraud and yet you’ve been exposed for trolling on more than one occasion. LOL know you fvcking place!

  19. Rosebud (Natalie La Rose Stan) March 20, 2015

    Like someone above said. If the song was never a hit, they wouldn’t bother to sue. I don’t think it has anything to do with principle, nor is it right to sue T.I as well. However, this quote had me dying!

    “Without Gaye’s influence, the family argued with a dramatic flourish, ‘all Interscope would be distributing is a picture of Robin Thicke and a CD containing silence'”

  20. AnnaMaeKeatingsNewWig March 20, 2015

    Beyond ridiculous. They’ve got their millions which they were rightfully owed in court but now they are just being plain greedy. It’s amazing how families of the deceased behave in the music world – It just seems like whoever own their estates wants as much of a cut as they can possibly get from the musician’s legacy. This explains why Courtney Love is still eating.

  21. xedos March 20, 2015

    Pharell need to appeal this all the way to the supreme court. The ruling is too broad. Kool and the Gang could suit Bruno mars for the song treasure because it sound similar to Kool and the gang music base on the ruling . its the same vibe.Can you imagine what would have happen in the New jack swing era.

  22. The Truth Emeritus March 21, 2015

    Look Gaye family. I love what Marvin did for music and the world in general, but how much cocaine could you possibly need to snort? You have 7million dollars. Let it go!

  23. Bitchplease March 21, 2015

    Greedy bastards!!!

  24. COOKIE LYIN’ March 21, 2015

    Typical greedy family. I bet Marvin himself wouldn’t have been bothered.

  25. Somebody is watching you boy so get over it March 21, 2015

    Somebody is being so greedy in the Marvin Gaye’s family to just sue ti and ti have nothing to do with this greedy damn family the Gaye’s family should be happy with what they have

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