Jury Awards Marvin Gaye Family $7.3 Million For 'Blurred Lines' Infringement
March 10, 2015 at 4:01 PM (PT)
An eight-person jury ruled that ROBIN THICKE and PHARRELL WILLIAMS must pay $7.3 million to the MARVIN GAYE family for copyright infringement on the hit song, "Blurred Lines," VARIETY reports. GAYE’s family asserted that the 2013 hit copied their father’s 1977 song “Got To Give It Up,” and sued THICKE, WILLIAMS and rapper T.I.
The musicians, who denied stealing any of GAYE’s music, testified in court to defend their case as both songs were played back-to-back. When the two songs' bass lines were juxtaposed, WILLIAMS admitted the similarities, saying “It sounds like you’re playing the same thing,” yet later asserted that the two songs share “feel — not infringement.”
THICKE, who sang and played the piano to illustrate "Blurred Lines'" originality, claimed to be intoxicated when he talked about GAYE’s influence on the works during media interviews. He also admitted to wrongly taking credit for writing part of the song.
The GAYE family sought more than $25 million in royalties and damages; the jury granted them a bit less than half of the nearly $16.5 million “Blurred Lines” has made since its release.