Marvin Gaye's family has turned down a six-figure settlement from Robin Thicke as he attempts to end an ongoing battle over similarities between his summer hit Blurred Lines and soul classic Got To Give It Up, according to U.S. reports.
Defendants continue to insist that plaintiffs' massively successful composition, Blurred Lines, copies 'their' compositions
Members of the late soul legend's family are currently embroiled in a lawsuit with the R&B hitmaker over his tune, claiming Thicke plagiarised Got To Give it Up, while Thicke maintains Blurred Lines does not infringe on Gaye's song.
Thicke reportedly offered up the settlement to preempt a copyright infringement lawsuit, but the family rejected it, according to Billboard.com.
Earlier this month (Aug13), Thicke, along with the song's co-writers Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris, Jr., aka T.I., filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles requesting a ruling that Blurred Lines does not infringe on Got To Give It Up.
The lawsuit reads, "Defendants continue to insist that plaintiffs' massively successful composition, Blurred Lines, copies 'their' compositions".
The suit upset Gaye's family members and the late singer's son Marvin Gaye III is quoted as saying, We're not happy with the way that he went about doing business let alone suing us for something where he clearly got his inspiration from at the least.
That's caused my family a lot of duress.