‘Blurred Lines’ Plagiarism Lawsuit: Robin Thicke & Pharrell Williams ‘Reckon Beethoven Should Be Sued Too’
Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams are in the middle of a plagiarism lawsuit over alleged similarities between Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got To Give It Up’ and their own duet ‘Blurred Lines’. And apparently one of their lines of defence is that, if they’re going to be targeted, then Ludwig van Beethoven should be too.
The lawsuit is yet another layer of controversy for the the song, which was the biggest-seller of the year in the UK in 2013 and a mammoth hit all over the world. It has already been lambasted for its content, which some have deemed heavily misogynistic; and Thicke has also admitted that he doesn’t really deserve a writing credit on it.
Now, in legal docs obtained by TMZ, the boys allegedly claim that the similar intros of ‘Blurred Lines’ and ‘Got To Give It Up’ are also shared by Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. They don’t seem to be suggesting that the composer is posthumously sent down – their point just seems to be that the things their song has in common with Gaye’s are things that have been around for ages. Essentially their big point is that the song isn’t that original.
Robin Thicke (Photo: WENN)
Something that is majorly problematic, though, is that Thicke has already admitted in a GQ interview that the Gaye anthem was something of a launchpad. “Pharrell and I were in the studio and I told him that one of my favourite songs of all time was Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got to Give it Up’,” he said. “I was like, ‘Damn, we should make something like that, something with that groove.'”
Bet he’s regretting that lil’ confession now.