March 20, 2015
The "Blurred Lines" Court Case—WTF Is Going On?
by RULA AL-NASRAWI
Marvin Gaye’s children are pissed off. They’re really, really, really, mad you guys.
If you know the music of Mr. Marvin Gaye—and if you don’t then seriously what is wrong with you?—you know his 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up.” The song has a funky steady percussion beat featuring the sounds of a grapefruit juice-filled glass bottle. And according to Gaye’s family, this beat that is known across the world, was essentially sped up and stolen for the use on, you guessed it, “Blurred Lines.” Ouch. You know what that spells? Copyright infringement charges.
So Robin Thicke is a useless waste of space given his track record with women. We’re hip to this. But now, he has one more skeleton to throw in that overflowing closet of his. If you haven’t heard about this “Blurred Lines” court case situation, I will enlighten you immediately. “Blurred Lines” with Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and T.I. came out in 2013 and became a chart topping hit in a matter of weeks, raking in over $16 million.
Copyright lawsuits in the music industry happen as often as we get to see Madonna’s butt cheeks. That in itself is not really a thing. The fact that it’s made it to trial though, that is certainly something to talk about.
The infringement was found to be unwillful, but the “Blurred Lines” boys still owe around $7.3 million. It’s better than the $25 million the Gaye family was hoping for but, help. Oh and in case you thought that was all, the family also recently filed an injunction prohibiting the sale and distribution of the song anywhere.
"The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else," Williams told The Financial Times. "Everything that's around you in a room was inspired by something or someone," Williams added. "If you kill that, there's no creativity."
Look, any excuse to make Robin Thicke’s life a living hell and I’m all in. Sorry Pharrell, you’re thrown under the bus too bruh. If someone came up to me and was like “Robin Thicke is a liar and a filthy thief, True or False?” I would be like “YAS TRUE” every single time. But, I’m going to have to side with Pharrell on this one. These days, everything sounds and looks like everything. We are looking at, listening to, and engaging with hybrid compositions of our own past. Nothing is just born new anymore. Sorry to say it, but if you’re looking for a 100 percent original idea, make yourself a time machine and fuxx with the cavemen BC style. Knowing this about the era we live in, we can learn to pay homage while still breathing ourselves into everything we do. We can add to the collage with our own images without pasting over something that is already there. So Robin, even though I truly hate your guts, you are entitled to your own sometimes borrowed creativity just like the rest of us.