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Plagarism and greed-There’s a difference!

PharrellHappyEarlier this week, a jury awarded $7.3 million to the family of late singer Marvin Gaye after they arrived to the decision that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ song “Blurred Lines” copied Gaye’s 1977 hit, “Got to Give it Up” based on the feel of the song.

But it appears that the Gaye family isn’t done with Williams. There are claims that Williams’ megahit song from last year, “Happy”, sounds an awful lot like Gaye’s 1965 song “Ain’t That Peculiar” and that he may get sued again by the Gaye family for that song.

“I’m not going to lie. I do think they sound alike,”said daughter Nona Gaye,according to Entertainment Tonight

Is it just me or is this family being greedy and do the seem just desperate for a check?

I was on their side to an extent with “Blurred Lines” as far as Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up” serving as an inspiration to the former,but now that they’re potentially going after Williams again with “Happy”, which in my view, sounds nothing like “Ain’t That Peculiar”, it makes me feel like this family has nothing better to do than to go after modern-day artists who have the gall to have their song sound anything like the music their father made. This family is becoming as litigious as Al Davis was back when he was still alive running the Oakland Raiders into the ground.

Whatever happened to imitation being the most sincerest form of flattery? There is an artist out there who still gets that: Tom Petty

Earlier this year, Petty received a songwriting credit for the 2014 hit song “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith after it was discovered that the chorus sounded much like Petty’s 1989 hit “I Won’t Back Down”. Petty had no hard feelings about the situation and in the past has said that a lot of Rock ‘N Roll songs sound alike.

“…I think there are enough frivolous lawsuits in this country without people fighting over pop songs,”said Petty in a 2006 interview with Rolling Stone.

Petty hit the nail right on the head there with that quote,and I hope that’s a realization the Gaye family has sometime.



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