Stevie Wonder has weighed in on the legal battle involving the family of his fellow Motown legend Marvin Gaye and contemporary pop star Robin Thicke over alleged similarities between Thicke’s smash hit “Blurred Lines” and the late Gaye’s 1977 tune “Got to Give It Up.”
Speaking with TMZ in a recent video interview, Wonder declares that he doesn’t think “Blurred Lines” is “a steal from Marvin Gaye.”
Noting that he’s been through his own lawsuits over songs, the renowned singer/songwriter says that although he thinks the groove of Thicke’s tune “is very similar, [Robin is] a big fan of Marvin Gaye’s, so that’s OK.”
Lastly, Wonder has a message for Marvin’s family with regard to proceeding with a copyright infringement lawsuit against Thicke.
“Don’t let your lawyer get you into losing money on something that’s not worth it,” maintains Stevie.
Last month, Thicke and the two co-writers of “Blurred Lines” filed a preemptive lawsuit against Gaye’s family and the Bridgeport Music publishing company claiming that their song was created “without copying anyone else’s composition.” Billboard reported that the suit was initiated after Gaye’s estate rejected a six-figure settlement that Thicke and his collaborators offered following accusations by the family that Thicke had copied Marvin’s tune.
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