Robin Thicke and Pharrell LOSE “Blurred Lines” Case, Must Pay $7.3 Million To Marvin Gaye’s Family
Robin Thicke and Pharrell have been ordered to pay the family of Marvin Gaye $7.3 million after a jury determined that their hit song “Blurred Lines” represented copyright infringement of Gaye’s 1977 track “Got to Give It Up.” The verdict was handed down on Tuesday after a high-profile trial pitted two contemporary music stars against the late R&B icon.
The eight jurors determined that Thicke and Pharrell should pay $4 million in copyright damages, plus profits. For Thicke, the additional payment was valued at $1.8 million, while Pharrell will owe $1.6 million. The copyright infringement was not found to be “willful,” so neither performer faces additional statutory damages.
Both Thicke and Pharrell had appeared in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles during the proceedings, which happened after Thicke filed a preemptive lawsuit against Gaye’s family, who then filed a countersuit against the “Blurred Lines” team, claiming they’d stolen Gaye’s music. During the trial, Thicke sang and played piano while defending the 2013 smash hit as original. He also claimed that he was drunk and high on Vicodin during previous interviews in which he talked about being inspired by Gaye.
In a statement furnished to Gossip Cop, Pharrell and Thicke’s camp say, “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.” Listen to the songs below, and tell us what you think of the jury’s decision.