Robin Thicke attempted a payout to the family of Marvin Gaye in hopes of settling copyright infringement accusations, Billboard reports. According to an insider, Gaye's family rejected the six-figure deal offered by the singer's team.
Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and T.I. then filed a preemptive lawsuit seeking legal protection in the battle over "Blurred Lines." Thicke is accused of hijacking Gaye's "Got to Give It Up," and George Clinton's "Sexy Ways" for the Williams-produced smash. Clinton has denied Thicke plagiarized his music.
One of Gaye's children, Marvin Gaye III said the family enjoys Thicke's music but is "not happy with the way he is doing business." Although no lawsuit has been filed by the family, he said legal counsel is "in the process of taking care of business."
As of this week, "Blurred Lines" became the year's longest-running No. 1 single with 11 weeks atop Billboard's Hot 100. The quadruple-platinum single also has topped the charts in 14 countries, and helped power the singer's Blurred Lines album to debut at No. 1.
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