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Marvin Gaye's Son

You Can Bet We're Gonna Sue Over 'Blurred Lines'

8/22/2013 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Marvin Gaye
's son is out for blood in his war with Robin Thicke, telling "TMZ Live" he resents Thicke's lawsuit against the Gaye estate over "Blurred Lines" ... and is strongly insinuating he plans to respond with legal action of his own.

Marvin Gaye III dropped us a line Wednesday, and he's not happy ... basically saying Thicke has disrespected the Gaye family by shamelessly lifting his father's famous tunes for the hit song (plus many other Thicke tracks).

As you know, Thicke has filed a lawsuit against the Gaye estate, asking a judge to head off any legal action from the Gayes by ruling "Blurred Lines" does NOT violate Marvin's copyrights.

Marvin III says Thicke's lawsuit is a total slap in the face.

Marvin III hedged when we asked flat out if he plans to sue Thicke for copyright infringement ... but the message was clear.

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128 COMMENTS

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1.

Stephen Park    

how about getting off your fat a55 and stop spongeing of your dead old man's estate and make your own money and name for yourself - bet you a dollar if he has a son it will be marvin gaye IIII (or IV) lol

344 days ago
2.

Jackie    

I agree with him...Robin Thicke has said he was listening to that exact song while in the studio and he said he wanted to make a song just like it....then he came up with a song with pretty much the exact same music. Why didn't he just ask the estate if he could sample the song and give them whatever money is required to do so?.>>>>BTW Justin Bieber is guilty of something similar...he straight up took Michael Jackson's song and put his own voice on it ...so now MJ's song is a duet. WITHOUT THE ESTATES PERMISSION. It's so gross that you can do that to somebody and their work after they're dead...it's disrespectful. Justin has become just another in a long line of USERS....

344 days ago
3.

Rebecca    

Sorry but the songs are totally different. He was inspired by Marvin, but he didn't copy Marvin. Why did they wait so long to bitch about the other songs? Smh

344 days ago
4.

Kim    

They are wasting their money, they will NOT win this one, they need to stop and stop trying to get money for work they didn't do. I am 100 percent with Robin and Pharell on this one.

344 days ago
5.

jennalove    

**** u *****s Robin is a way better liars suck up and **** ur wife ****s

344 days ago
6.

NOT ELMO    

Marvin Gaye's son is out for blood in his war with Robin Thicke.........................Good Luck with that

344 days ago
7.

q    

Fat Albert has a better chance winning a lawsuit M.G. III

344 days ago
8.

pegasus    

No wonder his songs are pretty good for this day and age in the music business where pretty much everything today sucks....he's ripping off the old stuff.
Old stuff = still relevant.
New stuff = irrelevant and sucks.

344 days ago
9.

your_worst_nitemare    

Marvin Gaye son just wants money. Is his daddys royalties not enuff?? Robin Thickes song sounds better than tge original anyway in my opinion.

344 days ago
10.

Larry    

The beat may have some similarities but none of the lyrics are the same. So I dont get where the Gaye family ripped off Marvin Gaye's song. I will be very surprised if the Gaye estate wins on this one.

344 days ago
11.

Sally    

He is just jealous and out to make an easy buck, but news flash - he will lose.

344 days ago
12.

jan    

What a loser! If Robin has been doing this for years, why are you talking now? Oh yeah, the song is a global hit. GTFOH!

344 days ago
13.

Rex    

Team Robin...Love Marvin, but the songs are not the same.

344 days ago
14.

Janet    

Being inspired by a song is NOT plagarism!
Aside from the use of falsetto, which cannot be protected by law since it's just something natural that the human voice can do, and the use of a high-pitched "Woo" that is used as a sort of punctuation and is not illegally sampled from Got to Give It Up, the songs are NOT similar in tune or lyrics.
Just because Thicke admitted an influence doesn't mean he copied the Gaye song - he just liked the feeling.
How stupid and greedy involving the law is in this case! It enriches no one but lawyers.
Artists borrow from and are inspired by each other all the time.
The whole genre of the blues uses very repetitive and predictable chord progressions. But because you can't track its origins to one person or group, there are no lawsuits.
These people need to feel grateful that their family member inspires people and grateful for his rich legacy, not waste the courts' time with indefensible law suits!
But Thicke started it, so shame on him too.!

344 days ago
15.

Chris    

What a trashy family photo.

344 days ago
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