So recently music artist Robin Thicke has been sued for the hit song “Blurred Lines” as it allegedly rips off Marvin Gaye’s song “Got To Give It Up” from the 1970’s. If you haven’t heard about it, check out this article here.
In the article it is evident that Thicke has copied certain elements of the song. I since have listened to both songs and decided that yes, they are similar, but I wouldn’t consider “Blurred Lines” a straight rip off from the original song by Gaye.
Compare the songs yourself below!
However, coming from a background in visual arts I see “Blurred Lines” as merely an appropriation of the original song. With all the “loop holes” in copyright laws nowadays how can we distinguish between what is appropriation vs what is straight out copying?
Kory Grow 2015, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Lose Multi-Million Dollar ‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit, Rolling Stone, viewed 17 March 2015, <http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/robin-thicke-and-pharrell-lose-blurred-lines-lawsuit-20150310>
Gaye, 1977, Marvin Gaye – Got to give it up, 9 June, viewed 17 March 2015, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdnyrnLXFhg>
Thicke, 2013, Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines ft. T.I., Pharrell, viewed 17 March 2015, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyDUC1LUXSU>
Majstorovic, M 2015, Blurred Lines Meme, Imgur, viewed 17 March 2015.