Legal Dispute Between Marvin Gaye’s Family, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Just Got Weird

Posted On : September 27, 2014

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Robin and Pharrell are now saying don’t blame them for jacking Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up,” blame Beethoven! This legal battle over Marvin Gaye’s kids alleging that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams jacked their dad’s song, “Got To Give It Up” is getting weirder by the minute. Now Beethoven is thrown into the mix…LOL. Confused? Yeah, we were too, but here’s the latest defense claim by Robin and Pharrell…via TMZ:


If you’re gonna throw the book at Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for stealing music … you gotta take down none other than Ludwig van Beethoven too — that’s Robin and Pharrell’s argument anyway.

The “Blurred Lines” duo just filed new court docs in their fight to prove the song is not a rip-off of Marvin Gaye’s, “Got to Give It Up” — pointing out several differences between notes in the songs … and also backing up the bus over LvB.

In the docs, they admit ‘Blurred’ starts with repeated notes, just like Marvin’s song does — but also like Beethoven does in his famous 5th Symphony. All together now … da-da-da-dum!

Their point — musicians have been using repeating tones since the dawn of time … or at least since 200 years ago when Beethoven was doing his thing.
They also say ‘Blurred’ is more similar to the ’60s song, “Working In a Coal Mine” … than it is to ‘Give It Up.'” Countdown to Allen Toussaint’s lawsuit.


Do you think this new claim by Robin and Pharrell stands a chance in court? Only time will tell, so in the meantime, we can all just get our popcorn ready and watch how this thing plays out.

In case you haven’t heard about the original lawsuit Marvin Gaye’s children filed you can read about it here.