Funkadelic Drops Out of "Blurred Lines" Lawsuit
The legal dispute between Marvin Gaye’s family, Bridgeport Music (a company that owns some Funkadelic compositions) and Robin Thicke’s hit “Blurred Lines” recently became slightly less confusing as Bridgeport Music has been dropped as a defendant in the initial suit. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that following an agreement between the two parties, Bridgeport is no longer involved.
Bridgeport Music alleged that Thicke sampled Funkadelic’s “Sexy Ways” in his chart-topping hit “Blurred Lines.” Following the lawsuit, Funkadelic leader George Clinton actually tweeted in support of Thicke, claiming there was no similarity.
The removal of Bridgeport means that there is only one lawsuit standing between Robin Thicke and Marvin Gaye’s family over whether “Blurred Lines” is too similar to Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” Umphrey’s McGee recently mashed both songs up (along with several others) during their Halloween run in Milwaukee, which at this point seems like evidence. A mediation session is scheduled for next month, with a trial currently scheduled for November.