Adam Levine is coming to Liv’s defense over recent plagiarism claims.
“There’s all this drama about Olivia Rodrigo,” Levine said on his Instagram story. “Look, these are tricky things, and anyone who’s ever written a song knows that sometimes you rip something off inadvertently, and it makes it to tape, and then it gets released, and then there’s a lawsuit.
“It’s a natural thing for it to happen, and sometimes it gets ugly, and sometimes it’s warranted that people take legal action. Sometimes it’s not warranted that people take legal action, and ... the gray area has reared its ugly head these days.”
Levine then cited the 2015 case that saw the estate of Marvin Gaye win more than $7.3 million in a copyright infringement suit against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, comparing their hit single, “Blurred Lines,” to Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.”
“Without giving an opinion on ... how that one turned out, I do think that we [could] probably meet this with a little more compassion and understanding,” Levine continued.
“All this calling out and shit, it’s like, music is a creative thing, and I just hate to see it crushed ... When you take someone who’s a newer artist, and she’s doing things that emulate the ones from generations removed, I don’t know how bad that is. I think it’s kind of a cool thing to introduce the whole generation of young people to different musical ideas. ... That’s just my opinion.”
“I just hate to see it become this huge thing where people get really aggressive ... maybe I’m just not as territorial about that kind of stuff. I’m almost flattered when people rip me off, but I’m sure I’ve ripped people off too.”Source