The son of Marvin Gaye is reportedly suing the creators of Fox TV show Empire, claiming he had a thought for a similar show first.
Empireis a US drama that centres throughout the hip-hop industry and particularly follows loved ones running a entertainment company. It premiered in January.
Now, as TMZ reports, Gaye’s son Marvin Gaye III states have registered a treatment for similar show the Writers Guild of America this year. Gaye’s show was titled Diamonds & Ballads.
Gaye’s lawyer recently told TMZ he plans to file a case against creator Lee Daniels, Fox, plus others. He alleges that associates of Daniels was pitched the thinking behind Diamonds & Ballads previously.
Charlie Puth – Marvin Gaye featuring Meghan Trainor
Earlier this current year, a court found out that Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ has copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 single ‘Got To Give It Up’.
It was ruled that Thicke and Pharrell Williams – who helped write the track – should pay $7.3m (£4.8m) to Gaye’s family as compensation.
The lawsuit was because of Gaye’s children Nona, Frankie and Marvin Gaye III, who inherited the copyright for the soul legend’s music following his death back in 1984. The trial came because of a pre-emptive August 2013 lawsuit filed by Thicke and Williams who, fearing the Gayes can be litigious, sought to affirm that ‘Blurred Lines’ is “strikingly different” to ‘Got to Give It Up’.
During the trial, which began on February 25, Williams spent over an hour describing his musical process and the man how he found write ‘Blurred Lines’, which took him about sixty minutes in 2012. Though he admitted a similarity between track and ‘Got To Give It Up’, he explained the Gaye song never entered his head through the writing process, merely he was “channelling… that late-’70s feeling”.
Singer Thicke performed a medley of songs essential as evidence that a great many tracks share similar chords and melodies without necessarily copying each other. His performance included tracks by artists including U2, Bob Marley and The Beatles.
It is believed that Pharrell and Thicke have earned over $5m (£3m) each through the profits in the Grammy-winning single. Total profits from your single are estimated to exceed $16m (£10.8), and has now sold above one million copies in the UK, utilizing the title of 2013’s biggest selling single.