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What’s With the Robin Thicke vs. Marvin Gaye Lawsuit?

Hey hey hey. Yes, we’re a little late to this story. We’re a little late to this song. When we first heard the name Robin Thicke this summer we started humming the theme from Growing Pains before Googling him, thinking “George Michael is back?” and realizing that we are now officially old.

After hearing about the lawsuit and listening to “Blurred Lines” (no, we won’t link to it here), we have to agree that it sounds a bit like Marvin Gaye‘s “Got to Give It Up”. The similarity extends well beyond the cowbell, but at the same time the choruses clearly don’t match up.

So why did the new song’s authors feel the need to file a pre-emptive lawsuit against the Gaye estate? And why did they thank themselves for writing a “massively successful composition” in the complaint? Sure, any suit filed by the Gaye estate would have created a bit of bad publicity for Thicke and company, but is this scenario really any better? We would have advised them all to just let it go in the interest of not looking like litigious, overly defensive copycats.

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