Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke lose Blurred Lines copyright case

Robin Thicke & Pharrell Williams
Robin Thicke & Pharrell Williams

‘Right now, I feel free’

Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke are found guilty of infringing copyright of Marvin Gaye’s hit ‘Got to Give It Up’

court in Los Angles has ruled that Pharrell William’s and Robin Thicke’s 2013 hit Blurred Lines breached copyright. Jurors decided the track was too similar to Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit single Got to Give It Up and ordered the pair to pay $7.4m to Marvin Gaye’s family. The lawsuit was brought by Gaye’s children Nona, Marvin and Frankie Gaye, who inherited the copyright to the soul musician’s music after his death in 1984.

After the verdict was read Gaye’s daughter Nona said: “Right now, I feel free. Free from… Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s chains and what they tried to keep on us and the lies that were told.”

Blurred Lines generated more than $16m in profits and made more than $5m for both stars. Thicke and Williams’ lawyer Howard E King said: “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. We are reviewing the decision, considering our options and you will hear more from us soon about this matter.”

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