Robin Thicke, Pharrell and T.I's massive and somewhat controversial hit 'Blurred Lines' has spent the past few months getting hardened alternative music fans to admit they like a pop song. Was its funky freshness stolen from Funkadelic though?

Bridgeport Music and Marvin Gaye's surviving family seem to think so and the team launched a lawsuit to claim the 'Blurred Lines' performers had taken the basics from Marvin Gaye's 'Got To Give It Up' and Funkadliec's 'Sexy Ways'.

By way of response, Robin Thicke, Pharrell and T.I have countersued, the suit reading:

"Plaintiffs, who have the utmost respect for and admiration of Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic and their musical legacies, reluctantly file this action in the face of multiple adverse claims from alleged successors in interest to those artists. Defendants continue to insist that plaintiffs’ massively successful composition, 'Blurred Lines',' copies 'their' compositions, but there are no similarities between plaintiffs' composition and those the claimants allege they own, other than commonplace musical elements. Plaintiffs created a hit and did it without copying anyone else’s composition."

Thicke is a vocal fan of Gaye's, previously stating that 'Got To Give It Up' was a favourite track of his.

The skirmish continues.

Below is 'Got To Give It Up' by Marvin Gaye. Any similarities to 'Blurred Lines'?