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Blurred Lines Complaint

Blurred Lines Complaint

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Published by Ryan Faughnder
Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams sue to protect "Blurred Lines."
Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams sue to protect "Blurred Lines."

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Published by: Ryan Faughnder on Aug 16, 2013
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ING LMESPERN &ERL!NER,P
"Blurred Lines copies "their compositions n the case ofthe MarvinGaye-
 related defendants (the "Gaye defendants) its a son called "Got o Give
Up
For e owner ofFunkadelics sons Brideport Music nc ("Brideport) its a
son called "Sexy Ways. But there are no similarities between plaintiffs
composition and those the claimants allee they own other than comonplace
 musical elements laintiffs created a hit and did it without copyin anyone elses
composition
2he basis of the Gaye defendants claims is that "BluedLines and
"Got o Give t Up "feel or "sound the same Bein reminscent of a "sound is

 not copyriht ininement he intent in producin "Blurred Lines was to evoke

an era. n reality the Gaye defendnts are claimin ownershipof an entire enre as

opposed to a specic work and Brideport is claimin the same work

3 he realty is that thesons themselves are stkly different Since that

is the salient factor in a claim for copyriht ininement in the face of the treats of 

defendants to comence lawsuits plaintiffs must seek declatory relief om is

ourt that conrms plaintiffs' unfetered riht to exploit "Blurred Linesee of 

defendants' claims
JSDCTON  VEE
4his action is brouht and this ourt has subject materjurisdiction  pursuant to 28 US. Sections 133 338 and 2201 his ourt has federalquestion jurisdiction in this matter in that plaintiffs seek a declaation of rihts under the opyriht Act of 1976 17 US. § 101
et seq
5 Venue lies within ths our pursuant to 28 US. Sections1391(b)(2)(3) (c) (d) nd 1400(a) in that defendants Franke istianGaye andMarvin Gaye

are domiciled and reside for venue purposes and e subject to personal jurisdiction in this district that on information and belief defendant NonaMarvisa Gaye is a parttime resident of this district and that sheand defendant Brideport Music Inc ("Brideport) reularly and systematically conduct business
4112.003/6769622
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KN OESPTERNOUNER
in this district and, therefore, ae subject to personal jurisdiction in this district
6.
H PS
Plaintiffs are e composers of e multinational hit son "Blurred
Lines, whichwas released in or about March
2013.
"Blurred Lines has ered
 more th
140 miion
 views on Youubecom
7.On information and belief, Brideport is and at all times material herein
 has been a corporation oranized and existin under e laws of the State of 
Michin and is in the business of acquirin and exploitin copyriht interests in
 musicalcompositions, and in the business of ollin for oppornities to threaten to

sueand to sue musicians, performers, producers and others in the musicindustry for

ininementof its copyrihts Brideport reularly and systematicaly does

 business in the state of alifoa by, amon other thins, neotiatin and rantin

icenses to use the sons in which it has a copyriht interest to licensees in

alifoia and resortin to the alifoia courts Brideport has claimed an
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ownership interest in the copyriht to the composition "Sexy Ways written by

Geore linton d Grace ook

8 On information and belief, defend Frankie hristian Gaye is and at

al times material herein has been an individual residin in Los Aneles ounty,

aifoia

9On information and belief, defendant Marvin Gaye III is and at all

 times materia herein has been n individual residin in Los neles ounty,

alifoia.

10.
Oninfo rmationa nd beief, defe ndan t ona M a rvisa Gayeis a ndatal

 times materia herein has been an individual residinin Los Aneles ounty

alifoa nd the State of hodesld, who reulary conducts business as an

entertainer in the ounty of Los Anees, alifoia Defendants Frankie ristian

Gaye, Marvin Gaye II d Mona Mvisa Gaye are referred to collectively

 hereinaer as "the Gayes
4112003/669622
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