Thicke v. Gaye: Musical Copyright Infringement

Production Date: November 22, 2013 Practice Areas: Intellectual Property Law and Sports & Entertainment Law Estimated Length: 3719 minutes


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"Blurred Lines," The Robin Thicke song known as much for its controversial video as its catchy beat, has sparked a tussle between the Pharrel/Thicke camp and the Marvin Gaye estate. At the heart of the issue stands the question, "did Robin Thicke infringe upon Marvin Gaye's estate's copyright by producing a song that may or may not be too similar in sound, beat, lyric and general presentation?


In this course, Music law attorney and returning Lawline Faculty Member, Steven Gordon will join Copyright Law Scholar, Bob Clarida to discuss the underlying, determinative legal questions in music copyright infringement cases, addressing the standards used to determine 'song infringement', and the procedures that representing attorneys must prepare for in efforts to secure or liberate their clients' rights.

We know, "Blurred Lines" was all over the radio this summer. Lawline invites you to join us and these two fine attorneys as we explore the music from a different angle, set on defining what constitutes copyright infringement in the music industry.

Learning Objectives:

I.    Answer, "what constitutes music copyright infringement?"

II.   Trace the procedure from initial suit, to declaratory judgment, to summary judgment and beyond

III.  Comprehend at what stage music copyright infringement cases are most prone to settlement

IV.  Identify protectable vs. non-protectable song elements

V.   Determine which parties, in a music infringement, have standing to complain and/or answer

Kelly M.
New York, NY

Presenters were very knowledgeable and clear in their presentation style

Stephen R.
New york, NY


Nancy P.
Oceanside, NY

very interesting, and kept my attention. i liked that they actually played the music so the audience could really participate.

Charles B. N.
New York, NY

Fun topic.

Robert P.
Syracuse, NY

Excellent program. Great speakers.

Julie A. B.
Hiles, WI


Michael B.
Canton, GA

Engaging and high-quality. Far better than most of the CLE's I have done. Steve Gordon is an outstanding presenter in terms of speaking ability, organization, and knowledge. Thoroughly enjoyed this. Thank you.

Daniel C.
Huntington, NY

Great CLE. Entertaining, interesting, and very informative.

Maury J.
Merrick, NY

Well presented. Speakers made the material accessible.

JoAnn S.
Floral Park, NY

Absolutely wonderful & informative course. I would highly recommend it. Thank you to the presenters and to Lawline.

Peter S.
Fairfax, VA

Great course. More copyright courses with same speakers would be great!

Kushal M.
Lake Grove, NY

good fun interesting casual

Julie G.
Walnut Creek, LB

Excellent program.

Brittin F.
San Diego, CA

Excellent coverage of a very interesting topic!

Anthony C.
Beverly Hills, CA


Sunny B.
Torrance, CA

Very interesting and timely. Good discussion.

Gerald D.
Buffalo, NY

very interesting.

Carla R.
Pelham Manor, NY

Enjoyed hearing analysis of headline getting cases.

Sehla A.
Dallas, TX


Sausalito, CA

Excellent program.

Wellington, FL

the question and answer presentation was outstanding and should be used more often

Samantha T.
Evanston, IL

The format of having two practitioners in a conversation helps keep the session dynamic and easy to follow.

Mary N.
Hinsdale, IL

Very interesting!

Erica R.
New York, NY


Michael S.
Chicago, IL

Very entertaining!

Rodrick W.
Chicago, IL

very interesting topic

Neil O.
Chicago, IL

This course was excellent. There were some very nice practice tips, including information on the cost of clearing a sample from a popular work. I also highly recommend the excellent update on the jury verdict and its potential chilling effect on creativi

Patricia C.
New York, NY

Good interplay between the two speakers.

julie y.
New York, NY


Andrew W.
Congers, NY

Very timely selection for me

Scott S.
Chicago, IL

Loved how current the presentation was/is.

Karl O.
Sodus, NY

Good discussion of issues raised in music copyright infringement litigation.

Carl L.
century city, CA

Did not breakdown copyright infringement case as advertised.

Cindy M.
Yorba Linda, CA

I really like the format of two speakers dialoguing together. Much more interesting to listen to than one person lecturing.

Daniel L.
San Rafael, CA

Topical, enjoyable.

ronald i.
Gardena, CA

great presentation

Jeffrey W.
New York, NY

I like the two speaker format. Well done.

Chartrisse A.
Hempstead, NY

Great Seminar!!

Thomas B.
Chicago, IL

A great topic for any lawyer

Michelle M.
Lincolnshire, IL

great topic timely and educational

Robert E. L.
Brooklyn, NY

Very interesting and well presented.

Tiffany A.
Brooklyn, NY

Love the speakers!

Brandon D.
Chicago, IL

great program with lots of illustrations and discussion of the illustrations. best lawline yet.

John-Frederick B.
New York, NY

Interesting, especially for non-copyright lawyers

Diane E.
Justice, IL

Interesting break down of case.

Joel F.
Pasadena, CA

Really good commentators.

Thomas M.
Midlothian, IL

Interesting format with the speakers in the dual role.

Jeffrey Alan G.
Burbank, CA

Great job presenting the framework for copyright infringement. Nice to hear the business and litigation viewpoints and how they work together. Also interesting to have it all wrapped in a "ripped from the headlines" bundle complete with audio examples and

Matthew L.
Chicago, IL

Interesting information

Michael J.
Glen Ellyn, IL

This course was excellent. Both speakers are passionate and articulate in the subject.

Swati A.
O'Fallon, MO

Great use of modern case to go through copyright laws.

Kelvin B.
Chicago, IL

Very timely. I enjoyed the interaction between the business affairs entertainment attorney and the litigator. This gave a good balance. I also thought that their analysis and projection of how the case would ultimately be resolved was insightful. More

Sandra A.
Chicago, IL

Makes me more likely than ever to want track the progress of this case!

Paul J. K.
New York, NY


Michael C.
DeKalb, IL

Timely because I am working on copyright matters. Thanks.

Renee C.
Wheaton, IL

The speakers were very well versed in the area of copyright and engaging.

Joseph S.
Manhattan, NY

Excellent presentation. Practical and insightful.

Kristin P.
Altadena, CA

good contemporary subject

Brenda S.
Los Angeles, CA

Very Timely

Alisa Y.
New York, NY

Very interesting.

Hwesu M.
Mount Vernon, NY

Very interesting discussion.

John A.
Scarsdale, NY

The materials included no case citations, no discussion, but instead were short bullet points. This is not acceptable.

Philip K.
Oak Park, IL

Good presentation

Teresa P.
Cocoa Beach, FL

This was one of the most interesting classes I have taken for MCLE credit in a very long time. I loved the casual nature of the session along with the easy exchange of ideas and points of view and strategy. I would recommend this to all interested in this

Timothy A.
Irvine, CA

Very clear and very good litigation overview with business considerations.

Laurie C.
Tarrytown, NY


Nicole S.
Folsom, CA

Like TMZ exclusively for lawyers. Very interesting, very entertaining.