I do not listen to pop music, I hear it play sometimes when my girlfriend is driving. I have done all I can to avoid this summer's smash hit Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke, who I will now refer to as Alan Thicke's son. Even better, I will refer to him as the guy who was Jason Seaver in Growing Pains' son. Why s he drawing so much angst, you ask? Well he and his co-horts are suing Marvin Gaye's estate, not for money, but a promise. A promise not to sue if they think there is similarities between Blurred Lines and Got to Give it Up by Gaye.
This feels like the beginning of a slippery slope. As a comedian, can I sue the estate of Mitch Hedberg because I try to model my comedic "swagger" after his? As a writer of a blog can I sue Huffington Post because they might post or may have already posted a story about this? Maybe just maybe I will sue all unfunny Paricks in the Chicagoland area on the off chance someone hears their boring story and says "man, that Patrick is a truly unfunny twerp. Yep, I said twerp, I am bringing it back so if I hear someone say twerp I am going to sue them.
The article claims the Marvin Gaye estate was considering a law suit. If that is the case then I disagree with them too. All art is copied and repeated, in my mind it comes down to intent. Did you blatantly copy someone's work? Then I believe you are in the wrong. Music gets copied mostly because it influences. Artists like a certain sound and they want it for their own. I know I am in the middle of a two lane highway and I should pick a lane, but i just think the son of the guy who played Jason Seaver on Growing Pains is being silly.
The best way to show an artist how much you respect him is to preemptively sue to protect your own copyrights. If you whole heartedly believe you did not copy then maintain that don't make yourself look like an ass with perfect hair that was gifted to you by Sir Alan Thicke, yeah I knighted him, are you going to argue that he shouldn't be? You are? Well you are wrong and so is the son of the guy who played Jason Seaver on Growing Pains.