Report: Marvin Gaye Family Now Seeks To Ban Sales Of 'Blurred Lines'
March 11, 2015 at 6:14 AM (PT)
After MARVIN GAYE's famiily won a copyright infringement suit against "Blurred Lines"(NET NEWS, 3/10), their lawyers now want to put a stop to sales of the song, according to ROLLING STONE.COM.
"We'll be asking the court to enter an injunction prohibiting the further sale and distribution of 'Blurred Lines' unless and until we can reach an agreement with those guys on the other side about how future monies that are received will be shared," GAYE family attorney RICHARD BUSCH told the magazine. "PHARRELL WILLIAMS and his legal team portrayed this as the copying of a genre or a groove or a feel. That was not the case, as the jury found. It was the copy of a musical composition –- melody and harmony and bass line and keyboard and other things."
BUSCH says the GAYES had a difficult time proving their point because the judge would not allow them to play "Got to Give It Up" for the jury. Since songwriters could file only sheet music for copyrights prior to 1978, the jury could not hear major recorded elements of the song like its percussion, cowbell and "party noises." The jury was only allowed to hear the protected parts of the song.
Added BUSCH:. "I just want to let your readers know that the GAYE family didn't start this fight. They sued us, taking a declaration of non-infringement. They started this war and we just finished it."