Is 'Blurred Lines' a Marvin Gaye Rip-off? Interview + Poll

Robin Thicke's chart-topper "Blurred Lines" may be the song of the summer, but some say the song sounds an awful lot like "Got to Give It Up" a 1977 hit by the late Marvin Gaye. But are the two songs close enough to be considered plagiarism? The Hollywood Reporter says the Gaye estate turned down a 6-figure settlement deal to keep...
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Robin Thicke's chart-topper " Blurred Lines" may be the song of the summer, but some say the song sounds an awful lot like " Got to Give It Up" a 1977 hit by the late Marvin Gaye. But are the two songs close enough to be considered plagiarism? The Hollywood Reporter says the Gaye estate turned down a 6-figure settlement deal to keep the case out of court. That led to a pre-emptive lawsuit against Gaye's estate filed by Robin Thicke, and the song's other contributors, Pharrell Williams and T.I. We asked Dr. E. Michael Harrington if they have a case. He's a music expert and copyright law expert who's consulted on cases involving the likes of the Dixie Chicks, Lady Gaga and Woody Guthrie.


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