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Expert: 'Blurred Lines' hook, bass line similar to Marvin Gaye hit
Expert: 'Blurred Lines' hook, bass line similar to Marvin Gaye hit

Nearly four decades may separate Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” but many of its musical elements hew too close for comfort, a musicologist testified Thursday in a federal copyright infringement trial. Judith Finell was called to the stand by the children of Marvin Gaye, who are suing Thicke, singer and producer Pharrell Williams and rapper T.I., alleging that their 2013 summer hit “Blurred Lines” infringes on Gaye’s 1977 song. Finell dissected the songs, demonstrating to jurors what she said were eight similarities between the two works. “It’s the same notes, the same rhythm,...

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