The verdict is in! And now Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams must cough up $7.3 million to pay Marvin Gaye’s family over their hit 2013 track “Blurred Lines.” Deets inside….
Looks like the lines are no longer blurred.
After a week’s worth of testimonies, a jury has found R&B singer/songwriter Robin Thicke and superproducer Pharrell Williams guilty of copyright infringement. And now, they must pay the family of late singer Marvin Gaye a cool $7.3 million for “copying” Marvin’s 1977 classic “Got to Give It Up.”
Robin and P (above, outside the Roybal Federal Building last week) both denied stealing Marvin’s music, but the jury clearly didn’t think so. Although $7.3 milli is a lot of money, it shouldn’t be too hard for Robin and P to pay up. We told you last week, the 2013 hit “Blurred Lines” totaled $16,675,690 in profits. And yes, the fellas took home a pretty nice portion of it.
During the trial, Robin and P both took the stand to testify, with Pharrell admitting there were some similarities between the two songs saying, “It sounds like you’re playing the same thing.” But, he claims they didn’t copy anything and that the tracks share “feel — not infringement.”
Also, the Paula singer sat behind a piano to play the melody of their track as he tried to prove their innocence in the courtroom. He also claimed he was intoxicated during interviews where he talked about Marvin’s influence on the tack and that he made a mistake when he claimed credit for writing the song. You’ll recall, P spilled the tea about giving Robin co-writing credit in his deposition.
It was also reported that there was another song in question by the Gaye estate. They claim Robin’s “Love After War” misappropriated Gaye’s “After The Dance” and they are seeking royalties for that track as well. No word on the result of those claims…yet. We’ll keep you posted.
[UPDATE] A representative for Pharrell issued a statement regarding the ruling:
“While we respect the judicial process, we are extremely disappointed in the ruling made today, which sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity going forward. Pharrell created ‘Blurred Lines’ from his heart, mind and soul and the song was not taken from anyone or anywhere else. We are reviewing the decision, considering our options and you will hear more from us soon about this matter.”
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