The Drs: Blurred Lines Verdict
The Doctors shared that the song “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke took over the radio in 2013 and won many awards, but it also sparked a legal firestorm. A federal jury came to the conclusion that “Blurred Lines” infringed on Marvin Gaye’s copyrighted song “Got To Give It Up.” The jury awarded Gaye’s family more than $7 million in damages and also said the infringement was not willful, but also not innocent. Marvin Gaye’s daughter said the verdict is vindication.
The Doctors then played the two songs to show how similar they sounded. Dr Rachael Ross said the beat and melody are very similar. Dr Jennifer Ashton said none of us would have any unique ideas if people kept comparing our own work to the people we are inspired by. Robin Thicke claimed that he was drunk and high while working on the song. Perhaps if he worked with Gaye’s family to see if he could create new music inspired by the old song, things would have worked out differently.
Dr Travis Stork said this verdict could make a lot of artists paranoid about their work.
The Drs: Raising Kids To Be Narcissistic?
The Doctors moved on to share that the National Academy of Sciences reported too much unearned parental praise in kids can lead to narcissism. Dr Drew Ordon said giving praise is great, but doing it all the time is unhealthy. Dr Jennifer Ashton said the Mayo Clinic has looked at narcissistic disorder and they know that part of the cause can be parent-child interaction, whether the parent praises too much or is too critical.
Dr Stork said the study showed that if you praised effort, that didn’t lead to narcissism. It’s all about raising kids to be confident, but not over-confident, and it’s undoubtedly difficult to walk that line.