Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams Lose Gaye Lawsuit

Thursday, March 12, 2015 Written by 
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Children of late singer Marvin Gaye were awarded $7.3 million by a Los Angeles jury on Tuesday in their copyright infringement case against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke.  The suit claims that Williams and Thicke ripped off the Motown legend’s "Got To Give It Up” when they recorded their 2013 hit single "Blurred Lines."

Thicke and Williams spent the last two weeks in court, arguing their case.  Thicke played numerous songs on the piano to show that lots of songs have similarities and lawyers played parts of Gaye's hit single to convince an eight-person federal panel that the bass and keyboard lines and the song's hook were nearly identical.


It was revealed during the trial that sales for the song exceeded $16 million, with Robin and Pharrell taking home more than $5 million each and their collaborator T.I. earning more than $700,000.


Interviews were shown during the trial in which both men said they were inspired by Marvin‘s song while producing their track, but Robin stated he was high on vodka and Vicodin during the interviews. Pharrell said he only realized the similarities after “Blurred Lines” was already released.


Gaye’s children Nona, Frankie and Marvin Gaye III were present when the verdict was read.


As previously reported by NewsOne, the legal drama started when Williams, Thicke and T.I. preemptively sued Gaye’s family and Bridgeport Music, which owns some of Funkadelic‘s catalogue, in response to threats by the Gaye estate over “Blurred Lines.” Bridgeport was later dropped from the suit.



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