Robin Thicke and Pharrell Lose “Blurred Lines” Copyright Lawsuit

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams ordered to pay $7.4 million to Marvin Gaye’s family over copyright issues surrounding “Blurred Lines”.

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have lost their copyright lawsuit and must pay $7.4m to Marvin Gaye’s children, a court ruled in Los Angeles. The jury determined the music duo copied Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” to create the biggest hit of 2013, “Blurred Lines”.

Marvin Gaye’s daughter Nona wept as the verdict was read and said she felt ‘free’:

“[I feel] free from … Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s chains and what they tried to keep on us and the lies that were told.”

The melodramatic statement came before the musicians’ lawyer announced they will be appealing the ruling. Howard King told Fox Business News:

“We owe it to songwriters around the world to make sure this verdict doesn’t stand. My clients know that  they wrote the song Blurred Lines from their hearts and souls and no other source.”

Pharrell said Marvin Gaye’s music was the soundtrack to his youth

Pharrell stated in court that although Marvin Gaye’s music was “the soundtrack of [his] youth”, he was not thinking of it when he wrote “Blurred Lines”. He did concede, however, a likeness to “Got To Give Up” and agreed he was conveying “…that late-70s feeling.”

Robin Thicke, the co-writer of the hit song, presumably did not help matters when he told lawyers last April he was “high on Vicodin and alcohol” during the studio session. He also told GQ magazine the inspiration for “Blurred Lines” came directly from the Gaye hit:

“Pharrell and I were in the studio and I told him that one of my favorite songs of all time was Marvin  Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” I was like, “Damn, we should make something like that, something with that  groove.”‘

Despite Thicke’s lack of tact when it comes to copyright infringement, the ruling has been slammed by many media outlets and the music industry. Where does this leave the creativity of the business?

Take a listen to the “Blurred Lines” comparison video below. It is very similar but we think there have been much worse copyright issues swept under the rug. Do you agree with the ruling?

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