Robin Thicke and the family of Marvin Gaye will be going to trial next week in Los Angeles over claims that Thicke's hit, "Blurred Lines" plagiarised the late soul singer's 1977 track, "Got to Give It Up". The impending trial will examine whether there has been any infringement of copyright. However, this examination will be limited to how the jury analyse how the compositions appear on the sheet music - and not how the songs sound to listeners.
Whilst the result of this trial will undoubtedly have an impact on Thicke's future in the music business, it will be interesting to see the effect that the trial - and indeed the verdict - has on other songwriters and record companies worldwide.
“[Producer] Pharrell [Williams] 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’. I was like, ‘Damn, we should make something like that, something with that groove’. Then he started playing a little something and we literally wrote the song in about a half hour and recorded it.”