Rick Sherrell: “When the album ‘Love After War’ first came out, my friend and I said... ‘The whole thing has a Marvin Gaye feel to it.’ Looks like we weren’t far from the truth and that [Thicke] may not have ‘blurred the lines’ enough!”
Ray Boyd: “I think (Blurred Lines) it’s a rip-off. I’m not a musician. Stevie Wonder says it is not. Now, I’m truly confused. I wish someone like Maurice White or Burt Bacharach would speak on it.”
Patrick Spencer: “Listening to both ‘Blurred Lines’ and ‘Got To Give It Up,’ it’s very easy to hear the similarities between both songs. Without a doubt, Robin Thicke copied Marvin Gaye’s song. However, there are slight differences that can validate Robin Thicke’s right to record the song without copyright infringements.”
Tara Coyt: I don’t know if Robin Thicke is guilty of copyright infringement, but I think it was wise of the Marvin Gaye family to take steps to protect Gaye’s songs and estate. If he was more than just “inspired” by the magic of Marvin Gaye, then he should pay for using it to make money.
Doug Daniels: "I don’t know if Robin Thicke is guilty of copyright infringement, but I think it was wise of the Marvin Gaye family to take steps to protect Gaye’s songs and estate. If he was more than just “inspired” by the magic of Marvin Gaye, then he should pay for using it to make money."
Ray Cornelius: "After listening to both songs, it's pretty evident that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have sampled Marvin Gaye's song, 'Got to Give It Up.' The tempo of 'Blurred Lines' may be a little faster than "Got to give it up" but it's definitely "inspired" by the song.
Araba Dowell: "Marvin Gaye's influence is evident in 'Blurred Lines" and Robin Thicke's defense of his work is challenged by his acknowledgement in a GQ interview that Gaye has, in fact, been a source of musical inspiration. While I am a huge fan of Robin Thicke, his musical catalogue, since the very beginning, has been one "bite" after another. It's a testament of the times, originality is becoming a rarity among our more popular artists today. So, naturally, they are turning to the timeless works of musical artisans such as Marvin Gaye."
Ernest Gregory: "At first I didn't really understand the argument , however while traveling on a recent tour and listening to local radio, I heard the tune and must admit, for a minute when the song came on, I thought it was Marvin, especially from the groove of the music, I've heard it before , familiar with the tune...then the voices came on, right then I said, they (Gaye family) have a valid argument, as to what grounds or exactly from what angle, I do see an infringement of property...just saying."