Publishing giant Sony/ATV and Marvin Gaye's estate have reached a settlement in the ongoing
lawsuit over Robin Thicke's 2013 smash "Blurred Lines." While the terms of the settlement were
not made public, as the case moves forward Sony/ATV will not have to defend giving copyrights
to "Blurred Lines" and Gaye's "Got To Give It Up." The case will now specifically involve Gaye's
estate and Thicke and his publishing company EMI April, which is owned by Sony/ATV. "Blurred
Lines" and More of the 50 Best Songs of 2013. Thicke, as well as the songs co-writers Pharrell
Williams and T.I., took pre-emptive action back in August, seeking declaratory relief that their
song was "starkly different" from "Got to Give It Up." Gaye's estate then counter-sued, accusing
EMI of not protecting the R&B legend's music and actively trying to stop the family from hindering
"Blurred Lines"' success (the publishing company's chairman allegedly blasted the family for
"ruining an incredible song" and "killing the goose that laid the golden egg").Along with scoring
monetary compensation from "Blurred Lines," Gaye's family also sought to split with EMI, a
move Sony/ATV reportedly called "ill-advised." Though the settlement means Sony/ATV will not
have to defend their impartiality, it's possible that if the case makes it to trial, Thicke's camp will
want the publisher to testify in court as to why it decided the two songs were dissimilar. Still, the
new agreement spares Sony/ATV the uncomfortable position of defending their 30-percent stake
in the music publishing market and the inherent conflicts – such as this one – that come with it.
Despite the legal battles, "Blurred Lines" helped Thicke notch three Gammy nominations, including
Record of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album for Blurred Lines.
Thicke is also set to perform at this year's awards show.
Source: Rolling Stone