'Blurred Lines' Suit Could Set Disturbing Precedent

Law360, New York (January 10, 2014, 7:28 PM EST) -- ​On Aug. 15, 2013, the musicians behind last summer’s arguably biggest song “Blurred Lines” filed a lawsuit in California federal court for declaratory judgment.[1] The defendants, are the estate of the late soul music icon Marvin Gaye and Bridgeport Music Inc. a company that owns Funkadelic’s music.

The case seeks to have the court determine that the plaintiff’s song “Blurred Lines” has not violated any copyright laws after Gaye’s estate sent a letter threatening a lawsuit if not compensated for use of Gaye’s song “Got to...
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