Robin Thicke & Pharrell Lose “Blurred Lines” Lawsuit, Have To Pay $7.3 Million
After almost two years of musical drama, a decision has been made in the case of the “Blurred Lines” controversy! Not surprisingly, Robin Thicke and Pharrell have lost the lawsuit to the Marvin Gaye estate (T.I. came out unscarred).
The drama began in August 2013 when Thicke and co-songwriter Pharrell were accused of ripping off the classic 1977 hit, “Got To Give It Up” — which the Paula singer tried to place the blame on his counterpart. The two aforementioned artists are ordered by the Los Angeles jury to pay Gaye’s family $7.3 million. But seeing how “Blurred Lines” made almost $17 million in profits (and Pharrell being one of the wealthiest musicians in the industry), the payment shouldn’t be much of an issue.
Pharrell, Thicke and T.I. released this joint statement regarding the decision:
“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. ‘Blurred Lines’ was created from the heart and minds of Pharrell, Robin and T.I. and 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.”
Nona Gaye, Marvin’s daughter, was reportedly content with the verdict. “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,” she stated.
For old time’s sake, listen to the fan-made comparison video of the two songs:
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[via Rolling Stone]
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