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Marvin Gaye Family Seeks 'Blurred Lines' Appeal, Warns Of 'Devastating Consequences' Of Key Ruling

NEW YORK - CIRCA 1964:  R&B singer Marvin Gaye poses for a portrait in circa 1964 in New York City, New York. (Photo by James
NEW YORK - CIRCA 1964: R&B singer Marvin Gaye poses for a portrait in circa 1964 in New York City, New York. (Photo by James Kriegsmann/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

With just two weeks to go before a scheduled trial over whether Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" is a copyright infringement of Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up," the dispute has gone nuclear in the past 24 hours with a judge's abrupt change of mind on a key issue and then an attempt to delay the trial for an appeal. In new papers, the Gaye family asserts the judge is misreading copyright law to the extent that it could have "drastic and devastating consequences for intellectual property" and "allow infringers to steal classic portions of the songs by Marvin Gaye, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley and every other iconic artist whose works were created before 1978."

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