Gaye family settles with Sony/ATV over ‘Blurred Lines’ lawsuit
Although the conflict between Robin Thicke, et. al. and Marvin Gaye’s children over the song “Blurred Lines” has not been resolved, another party has managed to settle with Gaye’s descendants.
The Gaye family has settled with Sony/ATV over their role in the conflict regarding Thicke’s song and Gaye’s classic “Got to Give it Up.” Gaye’s family brought counterclaims against EMI April, owned by Sony ATV for allegedly breaching its contractual obligations to protect the Gaye catalog.
According to the Gaye family’s court papers, EMI also administered rights on “Blurred Lines” and didn’t want Gaye’s family getting in the way of the song’s ongoing success. The chairman of EMI is even said to have contacted Gaye’s legal representative with warnings about making a frivolous claim. Put in the cross-fire, Sony/ATV responded that the family’s move to rescind their contractual relationship had been “ill-advised.” Now, comes a settlement agreement between Gaye’s family and the music publisher. Terms haven’t been made public.
Although Sony representatives will not longer have to show up in court, it remains very possible that the conflict between Thicke and the producers of “Blurred Lines” will have to prove their case before a jury.
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