I was surprised. When Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams decided to launch a lawsuit seeking declaratory relief that “Blurred Lines” wasn’t a copyright infringement of Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up,” I didn’t know they’d do this. My opinion is that they believed the Gayes didn’t have resources and the wherewithal to fight. My belief then was they were being bullies. I bet now they regret it.
At the time, Marc Levinson was the Gayes’ transactional lawyer who reached out to their side to discuss trying to resolve the issue. He then brought me on board. We had worked together on the Eminem digital download case.