Robin Thicke attempted to settle the lawsuit filed against him by Marvin Gaye’s family with a six-figure settlement, however, according to Billboard, the offer was rejected.
As we reported earlier, Frankie Christian Gaye, Marvin Gaye III and Nona Marvisa Gaye filed a copyright infringement case against the blue-eyed soul singer for sampling Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give it Up” in his latest chart-topping single “Blurred Lines.”
During a recent interview with TMZ, Marvin Gaye III said the family of the late R&B singer is “not happy with the way that [Robin Thicke] went about doing business let alone suing us for something where he clearly got his inspiration from at the least.”
Gaye’s son was referring Thicke’s countersuit, which he filed on August 15 with “Blurred Lines” co-writers Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris, Jr. In the legal documents, the trio claim the intent in producing the record “was to evoke an era.”
“In reality, the Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre…. The reality is that the songs themselves are starkly different,” it reads.
Despite the controversy, Thicke does not deny that he used Gaye’s record for inspiration. “One of my favorite songs of all time was Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got to Give It Up.’ I was like, ‘Damn, we should make something like that, something with that groove,’” he said in an interview with GQ. “Then he started playing a little something and we literally wrote the song in about a half hour and recorded it. The whole thing was done in a couple hours.”