According to published reports, publishing giant Sony/ATV and the estate of R&B legend Marvin Gaye has reached a settlement in the ongoing lawsuit regarding the song that won’t go away, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” While few of the terms of this settlement were made public, this soap opera is far from over.
Thicke and co-writers Pharrell Williams and Clifford “T.I.” Harris, made the move this past August seeking declaratory relief, which in lay folks means, they didn’t want anything done or to pay anyone any money and “Blurred Lines” was totally different from “Got to Give It Up.” The Gaye estate then counter-sued, accusing EMI of not protecting the R&B legend’s music. Reports surfaced that the publishing company’s chairman allegedly blasted the Gaye estate/family for “ruining an incredible song” and “killing the goose that laid the golden egg.”
Although the Gaye estate has scored monetary compensation from “Blurred Lines,” there’s so much more drama coming along with a possible court trial . This phase of the lawsuit may be settled for now but at the end of the road, it sounds like a great treatment for a movie! Despite the legal battles, “Blurred Lines” has earned Thicke three Grammy® nods and a performance slot at this year’s show airing on January 26th.
For now, let’s join Marvin and Robin in a temporary sigh of relief!