Nona and Frankie Gaye, adult children of the late Marvin Gaye, have come to a private settlement with music publishers Sony/ATV, EMI and Jobete (the latter from Gaye’s Motown connection), but their legal beef with Robin Thicke and collaborators Pharrell Williams and T.I. over their infectious, falsetto-laden hit “Blurred Lines” is still ongoing.
Singer Thicke had filed a pre-emptive lawsuit against the Gaye family in August, seeking to protect himself, his collaborators and producers and the song, “Blurred Lines,” against charges that they improperly copied the late Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give it Up.”
Thicke and company attested in their suit that “being reminiscent of a ‘sound’ is not copyright infringement,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Gaye’s daughter Nona and son Frankie countersued, and also sued publishers Sony ATV and EMI April for not protecting their father’s composition, claiming conflict of interest drove the company to ignore the breach of copyright (EMI April is also the co-publisher of “Blurred Lines” producer Pharrell Williams).
The terms of the agreement between the Gaye family and the music publishers is confidential.
Tracey Miller, publicist for the Gaye family, released a statement on their behalf: “The infringement claims have not been resolved. The only claims that have been resolved are the breach of contract/fiduciary duty claims against Sony/ATV, EMI and Jobete, and the terms are confidential. The family hopes that the infringement claims will be resolved swiftly and in an appropriate manner.”
The Gayes pointed out that 2014 is the 30th anniversary of Marvin Gaye's death, and that they intend to commemorate his legacy with various “events and celebrations” in honor of his 75th birthday on April 2.