Gaye's family is accusing Thicke of plagiarizing Gaye's "Got to Give it Up" for his hit "Blurred Lines," and Bridgeport Music, Inc. is similarly accusing the singer of copying George Clinton's "Sexy Ways." Earlier this month, Thicke and his co-writers,Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris, Jr., filed suit in Los Angeles asking a judge to rule that "Blurred Lines" doesn't lift from either Gaye's or Clinton's songs. (Clinton has said that he supports Thicke in the dispute.)
Thicke has said that "Blurred Lines" was inspired by Gaye's song, according to Billboard, but the Gaye family feels differently.
"We're not happy with the way that he went about doing business, let alone suing us for something where he clearly got his inspiration from at the least," Gaye's son, Marvin Gaye III, told TMZ.
Gaye died in 1984.