It’s been months since Robin Thicke, Pharrell and T.I. first filed a lawsuit to establish that, contrary to accusations by Marvin Gaye’s estate and music company, their hit “Blurred Lines” was not a rip-off of Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” and another song by Funkadelic. After that August legal action, it was about two months before the Gaye family fired back with a counterclaim that the song was, in fact, a copyright infringement—and that there was also too much in common between Thicke’s “Love After War” and Gaye’s “After the Dance.”
Now, another claim has joined the legal fray: today, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Marvin Gaye III, the singer’s son, has filed another counterclaim of his own, having opted not to participate in his family’s earlier actions.
And further sneaky similarities are alleged by the new claim: in addition to “Blurred Lines” and “Love After War,” Thicke’s “Make U Love Me” is alleged to be taken from Gaye’s “I Want You” and his “Million Dolla Baby” is alleged to resemble Gaye’s “Trouble Man.” According to an excerpt from the claim published by THR, those examples are “so similar to Gaye’s songs as to leave no doubt but that they were each wholly dependent for their very creations upon Thicke’s brazen copying.”
See what you think: does Thicke’s “Lost Without U,” above, sound a little too similar to the Marvin Gaye tune below?