Marvin Gaye Family Wins ‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit, Awarded $7 Million

By Philip Cosores

We finally have a decision in the “Blurred Lines” case that pitted the family of Marvin Gaye against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams: Today a jury awarded $7.3 million dollars to the Gaye family, CBS Los Angeles reports.

The jury had been deliberating since last week on the case, which claimed that the massive 2013 hit song from Thicke, Williams and T.I. stole from Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up.”

Related; Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ Deposition: The Revealing, Self-Deprecating, Hilarious Highlights

Though Thicke and Williams had denied the charges, the jury decided that portions of the song had been copied from the 1977 hit in its decision.

Journalist Pamela Chelin tweeted the specifics of the decision, which included $4 million in damages from Willaims and Thicke, plus profits from the song, including $1.6 million for Williams and $1,760,099 for Thicke.

Over the course of the trial, Thicke and Williams maintained their innocence, while many interesting tidbits were revealed along the way, including the actual cost of recording the song, Thicke’s substance abuse issues during the recording and the money that Williams and Thicke made off the song.

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An attorney for Thicke and Williams had previously said that if the trial ruled against the duo, there could be overall ramifications for artists who write songs seemingly plucked out of other decades or emulating another artist’s sound.

“The wrong decision here will stifle musicians and the record companies that finance them [in signifying] that you cannot honor a genre, a style or a groove,” Howard King is quoted as saying. “This is more important than money. This affects the creativity of young musicians.”

UPDATE: Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. have issued a joint statement. They say, in reaction to 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. ‘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.”

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