A story is brewing in litigation land and The Hollywood Reporter, with a strange pre-twist. Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and T.I. (Clifford Harris Jr.) are allegedly proactively suing the family of the late singer Marvin Gaye and Bridgeport Music, who are tied to Funkadelic, in order to defend and protect the hit Thicke song “Blurred Lines.”
Members of the Gaye family and Bridgeport Music have apparently claimed that "Blurred Lines" is too similar to Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" and Funkadelic's "Sexy Ways," and have allegedly made threats of legal action unless a monetary settlement is reached. So,Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I. are suing them first.
The Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I. suit says that being "reminiscent of a sound is not copyright infringement."
Funkadelic’s George Clinton has spoken via tweets in support of Thicke saying, “No sample of Funkadelic's 'Sexy Ways' in Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'—yet Armen Boladian thinks so? We support Robin Thicke, Pharrell!” Clinton also goes on to tweet at The Hollywood Reporter, “Yo @THR @eriqgardner get your headline summary straight: Armen Boladian does not represent #FUNKADELIC as you wrote.”
In a related post-twist, Salvador Dalí and the entire surrealist art movement have traveled in time and are pre-suing each other with claims that everyone copied everyone.