"What's Going On" remains relevant today. Even now its plaintive lyrics speak eloquently about a post-9/11 world that's upside down.
Like ambulance chasers, gimlet-eyed entertainment lawyers have been trained to detect the most trivial copyright infringements.
According to copyright expert Wendy Gordon, the judge bungled his instructions to the jury. From there, the outcome was inevitable.
A jury in the US has awarded damages of nearly US$7.4 million to Marvin Gaye's family in a lawsuit against singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams. Aren't we missing the point of copyright?