Prior to Robin Thicke’s copyright infringement battle against Marvin Gaye’s family, the “Blurred Lines” singer offered the Gayes a six-figure settlement that the family refused.
According to sources familiar with the lawsuit, Thicke made the offer after Frankie Christian Gaye, Marvin Gaye III and Nona Marvisa Gaye accused Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” of copying Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give it Up.”
After the family turned down the large sum, Thicke and “Blurred Lines” co-writers Pharell Williams and Clifford Harris, Jr., filed a lawsuit asking a judge to rule that “Blurred Lines” does not infringe on “Got To Give It Up.” It also requested the same judgement in reference to another accusation, by Bridgeport Music Inc., which claims that “Blurred Lines” also copied George Clinton’s “Sexy Ways.”
Although Thicke denies the accusations, he admits that he is inspired by Gaye’s music.
“One of my favorite songs of all time was Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got to Give It Up,'” Thicke told GQ magazine in May. “I was like,’ Damn, we should make something like that, something with that groove.’ Then he started playing a little something and we literally wrote the song in about a half hour and recorded it. The whole thing was done in a couple hours.”
In an interview with TMZ, Gaye’s son, Marvin Gaye III, said, “We’re not happy with the way that he went about doing business let alone suing us for something where he clearly got his inspiration from at the least.”