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3/13/15-Stevie sides with Thicke

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Stevie WonderStevie Wonder has commented on the 'Blurred Lines' vs 'Got To Give It Up' court case. The music legend says the court made the wrong decision.
'I don't think it's a steal from Marvin Gaye,' Wonder told TMZ. 'I've been through lawsuits for songs and all that. I think that the groove is very similar but you have to remember he is a big fan of Marvin Gaye's so that's okay. But the song is not like Marvin Gaye's. It is not the same'.
Earlier this week Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were ordered to pay the family of Marvin Gaye $7.4 million for ripping of Gaye's 70s soul classic 'Got To Give It Up' with their 2014 hit 'Blurred Lines'.
Wonder doesn't think the ruling was the end and that next time it could go ugly for the Gaye family. 'If the family should hear this, don't let your lawyer get you into losing money on some of the crap out there,' he said.
Williams and Thicke will now seek an appeal.
Howard King, acting for Williams and Thicke, said in a statement, 'We owe it to song writers around the world to make sure this verdict doesn't stand,' King said. 'My clients know that they wrote the song 'Blurred Lines' from their hearts and souls and no other source.'
The Gaye family is currently investigating the similarity between Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' and Marvin Gaye's 'Ain't That Peculiar'.
'Pharrell has readily admitted that Marvin Gaye is one of his idols, but it's silk and rayon,' King said in his statement. 'If this is the way the law is going to go, then the creator of rayon better look behind him for lawsuits from the owners of silk, because, even though they feel the same they are structurally, completely different just like these songs.'
The Gaye vs Thicke case has set an interesting precedent for songwriters. Similarities between Iggy Pop's 'Lust For Life' (written by David Bowie) and Jet 'Are You Gonna Be My Girl' could develop into legal arguments. Derivative band Airbourne and Wolfmother could face legal action from AC/DC or Black Sabbath. AC/DC could face legal action from Chuck Berry. The list goes one.
The most high-profile plagiarism case was The Chiffons vs George Harrison over 'My Sweet Lord'. That end was result was that George lost the case but the ending had a twist, he ended up owning the song he 'stole'

Written by: Barry Scott

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