Welcome to the March 18, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: the Marvin Gaye estate is trying to ban all sales of Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines.”
The family of the late singer filed a motion Tuesday night to halt the “manufacturing, reproducing, selling, distributing and licensing” of the controversial Robin Thicke single, stating that Interscope is “undeniably committing contributory copyright infringement with each sale” after last week's verdict that awarded the Gaye family nearly $7.4 million for copyright infringement (they claim the 2013 single plagiarized Gaye's “Got to Give It Up”).
The motion further states that the single should not be offered for sale until “proper attribution of Marvin Gaye as a writer of ‘Blurred Lines” and for the use of ‘Got To Give It Up” in the infringing work so that the Gayes may share in the copyright and all future proceeds of ‘Blurred Lines.”” Oh, they also want featured performer T.I. — who escaped the initial $7.4 million judgment — to pay up.
Safe to say most people who were planning on buying the song already purchased it, but if you haven't? Might wanna hurry.
Want more? There's plenty of indignation to go around. See below for a full roundup of today's kerfuffles.
Target: British singer Natalia Kills
Why: Kills' harsh comments to a contestant on New Zealand's version of “X Factor” got she and husband Willy Moon (who also did his share of berating) fired from the show's panel — which unfortunately for the singer didn't stop a barrage of negative comments to be directed at her on Twitter.