Week 8: Media Law

By Maneek Rajasansi

One of the first media law case that popped up in my head was the lawsuit between Robin Thicke and Marvin Gaye’s family.

The family of Marvin Gaye sued Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and T.I. for the copyright of Gaye’s song “Got To Give It Up”. The family noticed that the song “Blurred Lines” by the artists was very similar to Gaye’s song. The melody in each song sounded too alike that the artist should have gotten permission from Gaye’s family to use the beat. The family believed that Gaye’s 1977 hit still deserves the credit it did years ago.

Personally, I didn’t think it was similar enough to sue. The beats are somewhat similar, but the lyrics are nothing alike. I believe that in the music industry there are a plethora of beats that sound the same; unless it is exactly the same, I don’t think there’s a reason to sue for copyright.



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