Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have lost a $7.3m copyright lawsuit after a jury determined that the artists behind the hit ‘Blurred Lines’ copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 ‘Got to Give It Up’.
The final round of the legal battle which started in 2013 was read in court yesterday and saw Gaye’s family awarded $7.3 million in damages.
During the courthouse fight, a copyright trail case last week revealed the financial success of ‘Blurred Lines’, while the trio Thicke, Williams and T.I. continued to deny the plagiarism charge.
While Williams did recognise some similarities between the two hits, on Tuesday he insisted that they didn’t absolutely intend to copy Gaye’s song while creating ‘Blurred Lines’.
“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,” the artists’ lawyer said as reported by RollingStone. “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.”
While Gaye family’s lawyer will reportedly be asking the court to stop the sales of ‘Blurred Lines’, the late singer’s children who had sued the trio reportedly feel relieved and “free” after the ruling was reached by eight jurors.
As the trial resumed, the total profits generated from the biggest hit in 2013 are over $16 million while both Williams and Thicke earned more than $5 million each.
As The Independent wrote, the musicologist appointed to analyse the two songs concluded that similarities are featured in the bass and keyboard line, the hook and a repeated theme as well as in the percussion and drum.
Tell us if you can hear any of the above mentioned similarities after listening. Just in case you missed it, ‘Got to Give It Up’ is below: