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Are song rights blurred over 'Blurred Lines'?

  • FILE - This July 30, 2013 file photo shows Robin Thicke performing on NBC's "Today" show in New York. An attorney for Thicke and collaborator Pharrell Williams filed a lawsuit Thursday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Los Angeles, asking a federal judge to determine that the pair’s hit song “Blurred Lines” does not copy elements from two older songs by Marvin Gaye and George Clinton. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK — Even though Pharrell is engaged in a battle with Marvin Gaye's estate over Robin Thicke's megahit "Blurred Lines," he wants to make one thing clear — he has incredible respect for the late soul legend.

"I'm a huge fan of Marvin Gaye. He is a genius. He is the patriarch," Pharrell said Thursday night.

The hit-making singer and producer collaborated with Thicke on the No. 1 smash, which some have said sounds very similar to Gaye's "Got to Give it Up." Last month, Pharrell, Thicke and the song's other collaborator, T.I., filed a lawsuit asking a judge to determine that it does not copy Gaye's song and a song by George Clinton. It was a pre-emptive strike against future claims from Gaye's heirs that the song takes from Gaye's composition without credit.

Pharrell told The Associated Press on Thursday night the two songs aren't similar at all.

"If you read music, all you have to do is read the sheet music. It's completely different," he said on the red carpet during an event for the Calvin Klein Collection during New York Fashion Week.


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