The singer and his collaborators T.I. and producer Pharrell Williams took pre-emptive legal action in August (13), asking a Los Angeles judge to declare that Blurred Lines does not infringe on Gaye's 1977 release Got To Give It Up, following allegations from the late soul legend's heirs and Bridgeport Music bosses, who own the rights to George Clinton's band Funkadelic's compositions, that the summer (13) smash bears striking similarities to the soul classic and Funkadelic's track Sexy Ways.
Thicke reportedly offered up a six-figure sum to settle the controversy, but Gaye's family recently rejected the offer - and the 36 year old admits he is at a loss about how to make amends for something he didn't do.
During an interview with Tv titan Oprah Winfrey on Sunday (13Oct13), Thicke revealed he used Got To Give It Up as the inspiration for Blurred Lines, but insists the only thing that remains the same is the feeling fans get from listening to the tune.
He explains, "(Got To Give It Up) is a classic... I had gone into the studio with Pharrell and said, 'I would love to get something like this feel, something that makes you feel like this', and that's what inspiration is. You can't own a feeling; you own the melodies, the basslines, the chord progressions, the syncopations, that's what makes a song...
"I sure hope (this gets settled out of court). You know how weird it is to be in legal battles with my idol? With the person who inspires... half of my music? It's either Michael Jackson or Marvin Gaye (who inspires all my work)."
Williams has been defending his work on Blurred Lines, maintaining that the two compositions are "completely different" and "not even in the same key", while Motown legend Stevie Wonder has also weighed in on the copyright controversy, stating Thicke's creation is "not the same song" and urging Gaye's family not to pursue legal action against the musicians because it is "not worth it".