In an earlier post on this blog, we wrote about the dispute between singer Robin Thicke’s record label and the estate of Marvin Gaye.
Gaye’s family also believes that Thicke and his creative team plundered Gaye’s “After the Dance” for his song “Love After War,” but the real reason they’re upset is that they think Gaye’s “Got To Get It Up” is the un-credited source for Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” which sold 6.6 million copies and is nominated for Record of the Year at the Jan. 26 Grammy Awards.
On Tuesday, Jan. 14, Gaye’s family and Sony/ATV Music Publishing announced that they had settled their lawsuit. The terms of the settlement are confidential, according to the Associated Press.
We have a feeling that Gaye’s family feels secure now about how their father’s musical legacy is being used. We also imagine that they were able to secure an acceptable payment, which, if Thicke did plunder from Gaye’s musical catalog, is only fair.
As you can see, a person’s estate can exercise valuable rights. That’s only true, however, if the estate is properly organized and any involved parties (i.e. a trustee, a beneficiary) are properly informed and aware of their rights and responsibilities.
Working with an estate planning attorney is one of the best ways to make sure that your affairs are in order. If you are interested in speaking to an attorney about your estate, please know that you are welcome to get in touch with us at any time. We would be happy to help you prepare for the future.