The “Blurred Lines” verdict has caused a lot of debates, after Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams lost a lawsuit filed against them for copyright infringement. The jury’s decision to side with Marvin Gaye’s family in the lawsuit, will cost Thicke and Williams over seven million dollars. While most people agree Gaye’s “Got To Give it Up” and Thicke’s (Williams produced) “Blurred Lines” sound similar, it doesn’t necessarily mean they copied the song. In reality, there are a ton of songs that sound the same. Creating music with the same or similar sound as previously released work, is usually viewed as paying homage.
While Jermaine Dupri sees both sides of the argument in regards to “Blurred Lines” and Marvin Gaye’s estate case, Dupri said drawing inspiration from previous works is a very common practice in music. “Younger producers like myself and Pharrell, we make records that are influenced by other records that are out there. That’s how hip hop has always been created,” Dupri told the Associated Press. The producer added,”[Hip hop] always has some kind of element of something from the past. Sometimes we just take the entire sample and we give the artist the credit for that sample.” Dupri does believe both songs sound very similar, and he immediately heard the similarities the first time he heard “Blurred Lines.” “My first time hearing it, I was like, this might be a problem. I kind of felt like that. Them going to court was really more shocking than anything,” the producer stated.
Dupri told the Associated Press that he understands both sides of the lawsuit, and he revealed he is currently in a similar situation that the Gaye family was in. Dupri believes Ciara’s new hit single “I Bet,” sounds very similar to the song he produced for Usher entitled “U Got It Bad.” “Ciara’s new single is a complete rip-off of Usher’s U Got It Bad. I’m clear on what I made and I’m clear on how music influences people, and I’m clear on chord changes and how people move things,” Dupri stated. The producer said he also hears similarities between a song he produced for Tamia named “Still,” and Ciara’s “I Bet” too. Dupri said he has contacted Ciara and the producers (Harmony Samuels and Chris O’Ryan) of her new single.
The “Blurred Lines” verdict may have started a new epidemic in music, and that is what Robin Thicke’s attorney feared. There are so many similar songs in music, and producers may “come out in droves” seeking compensation. There are already reports that Pharrell Williams may be sued again by Marvin Gaye’s family. Nona Gaye (Marvin’s daughter) recently confirmed she has heard strong similarities between Williams’ mega hit “Happy,” and Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t That Peculiar.”
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