It’s safe to say, Marvin Gaye’s ex-wife is not a fan of Pharrell Williams nor Robin Thicke. As you know, earlier this year, a federal court jury ruled that the pairs 2013 hit song “Blurred Lines” infringed on the copyright of Marvin Gaye‘s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.” Janis Gaye, ex-wife of the late singer, was quite candid in an interview with ABC Radio, on why her family decided to sue in the first place. She told ABC Radio,
He did that faux ‘I’m-going-to-sing-the-
praises-of-my-greatest-hero- but-I’m-going-to-take-my-hand- and-put-it-in-the-pockets-of- his-children-because-he’s-no- longer-living. And ‘I’m Pharrell Williams and I’m on The Voice and I can do this.’ There was a lot of entitlement there.
She also said she hesitated to sue,
I had moments of me thinking, ‘Well people are not gonna wanna use Marvin’s music. They’re going to be alienated by the family.’ But then when I thought about it, like seriously thought about it, if Marvin were alive today, he would not stand for anyone doing what they did to his song. So we’re here, as his family, and the kids as his heirs, they’re here and I’m here to protect what Marvin left.
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