Marvin Gaye's Family and Sony/ATV Reach "Blurred Lines" Settlement

Marvin Gaye, Robin Thicke

Marvin Gaye's Family and Sony/ATV Reach "Blurred Lines" Settlement

Both parties come to resolution over late singer's music; suit against Robin Thicke remains.

Published January 14, 2014

Marvin Gaye's family members have reached a settlement with Sony/ATV in the fight over "Blurred Lines," says The Hollywood Reporter

The deal, however, will not impact their ongoing lawsuit against Robin Thicke and collaborators T.I. and Pharrell Williams over the mega-single's likeness to Gaye's 1971 track "Got to Give It Up." 

Gaye's children, Frankie Gaye and Nona Gaye, countersued Thicke in late October, two months after he preemptively sued the family to protect his multi-platinum hit. Also named in the Gaye family suit is Sony/ATV subsidiary EMI April, which owns stakes in both songs. EMI stands accused of failing to properly protect Gaye's music.

Sony/ATV's attempt to sidestep liability won't absolve the company of further involvement in the disagreement. While the terms of the settlement are sealed, details behind Sony/ATV's part in the legal squabble could be exposed as the suit against the blue-eyed soul singer pushes forward. 

Like Sony/ATV, Thicke offered the family a six-figure payout, which they rejected. is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

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Written by Latifah Muhammad


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