According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvin Gaye’s family and publishing company Sony/ATV have reached an undisclosed settlement with the “Blurred Lines” lawsuit.
Last year, Robin Thicke struck first in litigation against the Gaye family when he sought declaratory relief “Blurred Lines” wasn’t a rip off of Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.”
Gaye’s family then brought counterclaims against the crooner and his producers, but also targeted EMI April, owned by Sony/ATV, for allegedly breaching its obligations to protect the Gaye catalogue. According to the Gaye family’s court papers, EMI also administered rights on “Blurred Lines” and didn’t want Gaye’s family getting in the way of the song’s ongoing success. The chairman of EMI is even said to have contacted Gaye’s legal representative with warnings about making a frivolous claim.
The Sony/ATV agreement with the Gaye family means the publishing company won’t have to defend their stake in administering copyrights to both songs. The company also won’t have to address their standing in the music publishing market. They currently own 30 percent of all publishing.
The lawsuit between Thicke and Gaye’s family continues, which means Sony/ATV are still on the hook.