Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. filed suit in California federal court against Marvin Gaye’s family and Bridgeport Music(which owns some of Funkadelic’s compositions) because both of the latter claim “Blurred Lines” stole from their compositions.
So to be clear, Marvin Gaye’s family and Bridgeport Music have made allegations that “Blurred Lines” is very similar to Marvin’s “Got to Give It Up” and Funakedlic’s “Sexy Ways.”
In response to that claims, Robin and his crew have filed a lawsuit which seeks to prove that they DID NOT sample the records records and they shouldn’t have to pay any royalties because their “new” composition “reminds” listeners of something else.
THR quotes the lawsuit as saying,
There are no similarities between plaintiffs’ composition and those the claimants allege they own, other than commonplace musical elements. Plaintiffs created a hit and did it without copying anyone else’s composition.