What the Blurred Lines Lawsuit Really Means

As you've likely heard by now, a jury has awarded Marvin Gaye’s children nearly $7.4 million after determining singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied their father’s music to create the megahit Blurred Lines. Here are the two songs so you can hear the similarities for yourself.

Yes, they do sound alike, but how many other hit songs sound like older tunes they're not crediting? In my very non-scientific assessment, just about all of them. Lawyers are filing lawsuits as I type.

For a while, I used to blog about similar sounding songs, and even had a category to hold them all, but at some point I couldn't hear a pop song without hearing the songs that "inspired" them.

Uptown Funk is a big hit these days, but isn't it really just Morris Day and The Time's Jungle Love?

And Miley Cyrus's Wrecking Ball? Listen to how many songs sound like it.

There's nothing new under the sun. If Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied Marvin Gaye, this is just the beginning.

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And here's Ed Sheeran covering Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On.

March 11, 2015 @ 2:52 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Sam Smith having to settle with Tom Petty, heard Alan Cross say that Petty's songs are so rudimentary that it is easy to make a connection.

March 11, 2015 @ 3:08 PM

this guest

One of the weirdest 'copycat' song scenarios ever was Rod Stewart's '
Forever Young' (supposedly) created completely independently of Dylan's
Forever Young.' I believe there was some sort of settlement.

March 11, 2015 @ 3:14 PM


Everyone should look up John Williams who did Star Wars.......it sounds exactly like a early European composer.

It happens all the time.

Check out the new Kid Rock song.....songs just like Bryan Adams "summer of 69"

March 11, 2015 @ 4:02 PM

m m

This sets too dangerous a precedent, as many songs are inadvertently similar, some less so. I think this will be appealed, and hopefully it will be overturned. The connection between these songs are sort of loose, the vibe is there, part of a drum line, and some bass. Who was the expert that made the connection, and what qualifications does one need to be an expert? If the judge likes to "dabble" in music, like in the George Harrison case, then that is dangerous and very inaccurate.

Re: John Williams - it helps if the composer you are borrowing from lived (and died) a century or two before you.

March 11, 2015 @ 5:25 PM

Eekan Boo

Andrew Lloyd Weber; The Phantom of the Opera = pink floyd; Meddle.

March 11, 2015 @ 7:00 PM


Just seeing Williams' and Thicke's name mentioned in the same sentence as Gaye is sacrilege. Gaye was an artist who's music will live on forever - Williams and Thicke are only trendy popstars who will be forgotten in 5 years.

March 12, 2015 @ 9:11 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I did meet Robin Thicke's dad once.

March 12, 2015 @ 9:12 AM

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