Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris (T.I.) continue to have difficulties following the legal disputes in which they claimed "Blurred Lines" does not rip off Marvin Gaye's "Got To Give It Up." When the Gaye's filed their countersuit and included music publisher EMI, it got much more complicated.
But now another player has joined the messy situation. Marvin Gaye III, the adopted son of the singer, has hired his own attorney and filed his own counterclaim. Before, the two people who were heading the countersuit started in October were Frankie Christian Gaye and Nona Gaye. They accused Thicke, Williams and Harris of copyright infringement on two different songs.
It was acknowledged during the time of the original countersuit that Gaye III was not involved. But now, not only has he gotten involved, he's taken it a step further. In his own counterclaim he accuses the singer and producers of copying four of Gaye's songs.
According to The Hollywood Reporter exclusive, the counterclaim says: "Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (copied from Gaye's "Got To Give It Up"), Thicke's "Love After War" (copied from Gaye's "After The Dance"), Thicke's "Make U Love Me" (copied from Gaye's "I Want You"), and Thicke's "Million Dolla Baby" (copied from Gaye's "Trouble Man") all serve as examples of songs so similar to Gaye's songs as to leave no doubt but that they were each wholly dependent for their very creations upon Thicke's brazen copying."
Although Gaye III is saying they copied four songs, he's still only sticking with a copyright claim on the same two songs as the others. Because of the separate countersuit and lawyers on the Gaye family's side of the argument now, it's possible that things could get messy. Their case could crumble because of internal dispute, or if they win, disbursement of damages will have to be sorted out.