Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Marvin Gaye’s Son Tells Robin Thicke: “Got to Give it Up” in New Lawsuit


Marvin Gaye’s son, Marvin Gaye III, has filed his own lawsuit against Robin Thicke over copyright violation. MGIII is suing not only over the similarities between his dad’s song “Got to Give it Up” and Thicke’s hit “Blurred Lines.” He’s added another Gaye song, “After the Dance,” which he says Thicke copied in “Love After War.”

MGIII may have gotten idea from an article I wrote in August. I told you then that there were at least four instances in which Thicke obviously copied or sample Gaye classics. The other two are his “Trouble Man” finding its way into Thicke’s “Million Dolla Baby” and Gaye’s “I Want You” copied into Thicke’s “Make U Love Me.”

There is already a suit against Thicke from two other Gaye children. That suit not only names Thicke but his music publisher, formerly EMI, now Sony ATV, for breaching fiduciary rights in not dealing with this situation. This one leaves Sony ATV out of the mix. He’s also suing over just the “Got to Give it Up” and “After the Dance.” I don’t know why he don’t sue over “Trouble Man.” It’s blatant.

Frankly, I’ve known other similar situations where the music publisher declined to intervene because the culprit was a contemporary hit maker. Witness John Mayer’s “Waiting for the World to Change” which borrows heavily from Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready” and “We’re a Winner.”

This new lawsuit is reported today by Eriq Gardner in The Hollywood Reporter.

Here’s some advice to the Gaye children: combine your cases. That’s a big Thanksgiving pie your dad left behind. Everyone can have a nice slice if you’re smart.

Here’s an interesting 2009 video I found on YouTube. Thicke seems to say “Million Dolla Baby” is based on Marvin Gaye’s music.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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