Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams lose Blurred Lines copyright case

The writers of the hit track have been ordered to pay $7.3 million to the family of Marvin Gaye

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Blurred Lines performers Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke have lost their copyright infringement case. 

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The singer-songwriters, who released the controversial worldwide hit in 2013, have been ordered to pay $7.3 million to the family of Marvin Gaye, after a jury decided the track was copied from Gaye’s 1977 song Got to Give It Up. 

The jury had heard a week’s worth of testimony about the similarities between Got to Give It Up and Blurred Lines, after Gaye’s children sued Thicke and Williams, saying their song infringed the copyright of their father’s original composition.

The singers, who denied copying Gaye’s music, have now been ordered to pay $7.3 million, including $3.4m in profits.

Pharrell Williams took to the stand to say that the song channelled “that 70s feeling” and that he looked up to Gaye, writes The Hollywood Reporter, but added “the last thing you want to do as a creator is take something of someone else’s when you love him.” 

Richard Busch, attorney for the Gaye family, reportedly said he is seeking an immediate injunction to halt sale and distribution of the song Blurred Lines.

The jury also found that the copyright infringement wasn’t willful. 

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This trial, which illustrates that inspiration can give rise to copyright infringement, will likely be seen as a landmark case for the music industry.