'Ill-advised in this matter'The suit claims EMI, which is owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, has allowed a conflict of interest between the family's rights and the profits it is earning from Blurred Lines sales."This conflict has resulted in EMI's intentional decision to align themselves with the (Blurred Lines) writers, without regard to the harm inflicted upon the rights and interests of the Gaye Family, and the legacy of Marvin Gaye," the lawsuit states.Sony-ATV said it takes "very seriously" its role of protecting its songwriters' works from infringement."While we have not yet seen the claims by the Gaye family against EMI, we have repeatedly advised the Gaye family's attorney that the two songs in question have been evaluated by a leading musicologist who concluded that Blurred Lines does not infringe Got To Give It Up," the company said in a statement.Sony-ATV also said that while it treasures Marvin Gaye's works and the company's relationship with his family, "we regret that they have been ill-advised in this matter".Thicke and his collaborators filed a case in August asking a federal judge to rule that the singers did not copy Got to Give It Up for their hit.Howard King, who represents the singers, said the Gayes' countersuit was not unexpected.He rejected the notion that EMI ignored improper copying of Gaye's music. "EMI is in the business of collecting money for infringements," King said.
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