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Robin Thicke's smash single "Blurred Lines," was under fire for alleged copyright infringement of a Marvin Gaye song, and now the R&B crooner along with fellow features, T.I. and Pharrell Williams are firing back.
Gaye's family claims "Blurred Lines" is too similar to the late singer's "Got to Give it Up," and "Sexy Ways," and have threatened legal action. In return Thicke filed a suit against the allegation to defend his song.
"Plaintiffs, who have the utmost respect for and admiration of Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic and their musical legacies, reluctantly file this action in the face of multiple adverse claims from alleged successors in interest to those artists. Defendants continue to insist that plaintiffs' massively successful composition, 'Blurred Lines,' copies 'their' compositions," the action reads according to MTV.
In recent interviews Thicke has admitted "Blurred Lines," has the same feel and style of Gaye's songs, but never directly takes anything from them; instead it pays tribute through similarities.
"But there are no similarities between plaintiffs' composition and those the claimants allege they own, other than commonplace musical elements," the lawsuit defends. "Plaintiffs created a hit and did it without copying anyone else's composition."
Legendary artist, George Clinton, who was in Gaye's group, has sided with Thicke through Twitter.
"No sample of Funkadelics' 'Sexy Ways' in Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' – yet Armen Boladian thinks so? We support Robin Thicke."
In the meantime, the song remains at the number slot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the tenth consecutive week.