Marvin Gay’s son denies plans to sue Empire
A music legend’s son has denied reports that he plans to sue the creators of Fox TV’s ‘Empire’ series for copyright infringement.
Marvin Gay III had been reported to be filling a suit against the show’s producers for taking what was originally his storyline.
According to entertainment website TMZ who reported the matter, Gaye had registered a treatment on a show called ‘Diamonds & Ballads’ (aka ‘Those Sons of Riches!’) with the Writers Guild of America back in 2010.
His show was based on the same storyline that hit show Empire holds with a music black family dynasty being created.
Another site Rolling Stone has however trashed the reports stating that Gaye’s lawyer has no intentions of filling the suit.
“My client has not filed a lawsuit regarding the Empire series,” Paul Philips, Gaye’s lawyer, told Rolling Stone.
“Right now, Marvin’s interests and our efforts remain focused on the ‘Blurred Lines’ case and on seeing that through to its conclusion. We will address the TMZ report and the Empire matter at the appropriate time.”
The Gaye family won a case against musician Pharell Williams and the court ordered the artist to pay them $5.3 million and the writers to pay 50 percent of all future royalties to the family.
The family had claimed that the songwriters ripped off their father’s 1977 single ‘Got to give it up’ to create the hit ‘Blurred Lines’.
Empire series that stars award winning actors Terrence Howard and Taraji P Henson is set to air its second season starting September 23.