The family of famous but dead musician Marvin Gaye is to sue the Government of England and environs for US$573 gazillion, claiming that the country’s national anthem, God Save the Queen, is a close copy of Gaye’s 1963 hit single “Pride and Joy”.
A spokesperson for Gaye’s family’s legal team’s PR company’s twitter management, Gray Fatrane, told WWNews it was a clear case of copyright infringement. “That anthem uses exactly the same notes, and some of the identical words that Mr Gaye and his co-writers carefully crafted back in ’63,” he said. “And it’s obvious both songs are referring to the same chick. We be suing they asses off!”
The senior lawyer for England, Lord Dan Tasker-Meek-Westins, said it appeared any similarities in the two songs were coincidental and the charges would be rigorously defended. “We have several forensic experts willing to testify that God Save the Queen was written well before Mr Gaye’s pop song, once they’ve got Cliff Richard off the hook,” he told WWNews on condition we stopped staring at his wig. “Also, there’s a slight tempo change in bar seven of our tune, which doesn’t occur until much later in their one, which we are confident will be enough to have the case thrown out of court. Unless we get an American judge.”
Mr Gaye’s team insists the legal proceedings are not about money, but to protect the musician’s legacy, and integrity. “That’s all his family has ever wanted – the best for Marvin,” Mr Fatrane said. “Except maybe his dad.”
In a related story, WWNews senior management (aged 7) will appear in front of a hastily-assembled Press Standards Association tribunal on charges of negligent patois writing.