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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Marvin Gaye III Enters Fray


As I have previously discussed, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and Clifford Harris, Jr. (T.I.) filed a preemptive lawsuit against Marvin Gaye’s children on August 19 in order to stop any claims the children may have for intentional copyright infringement of the Gaye song “Got to Give It Up.”  Frankie Christian Gaye and Nona Gaye filed a countersuit in October claiming copyright infringement on two songs.

Gaye’s adopted eldest son, Marvin Gaye III, has now hired his own attorney and filed his own counterclaim.  Like his siblings, he’s only bringing copyright claims on “Blurred Lines” and “Love After War” (allegedly copied from Gaye’s “After the Dance”).  Gaye III’s separate lawsuit could muddle up settlement discussions as well as the disbursement of damages if the counterclaims were to be successful.

See Eriq Gardner, Marvin Gaye’s Oldest Son Claims Robin Thicke Copied Four Songs, The Hollywood Reporter, Nov. 26, 2013.


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