Earlier this week, a jury in a court of law decided that the 2013 song ‘Blurred Lines’ by Robin Thicke/Pharrell Williams was directly plagiarized from Marvin Gaye’s 1977 song ‘Got To Give It Up’, and the punishment was that Thicke and Williams would have to pay Marvin Gaye’s family 7.4 million dollars. Take a look at some details here.
I’m on the team that says this is complete BS. It’s true the song’s intro beat sounds very similar, and the general feel of the song is almost the same. But that’s where the similarities end. At no point is there any melody or vocal line ripped off. If you hummed the tune of ‘Blurred Lines’, you wouldn’t even come close to ‘Got To Give It Up’. Take a listen to the comparison yourself.
If that’s stealing, then lock up every rock band that came after Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and The Beatles because every drum beat today is somehow derived from what those guys started back in the day. That’s a very vague comparison, but if you’re so inclined, it wouldn’t take you much effort to find other songs that sound very similar until the vocal kicks in. Here’s one to get you started: