The “Blurred Lines” Lawsuit has come to a close and it looks like both Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams are coming out on the other side of it less wealthy men after a Los Angeles Jury ordered the songwriters to pay $7.3 million to the family of Marvin Gaye.
Think and Williams scored a massive hit in 2013 with “Blurred Lines”, earning them several Grammy nominations, 10 weeks on top of the Billboard charts and nearly $17 million in profit. However, the landmark lawsuit that just concluded found that the song was a copyright infringement on Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give it Up.”
“Right now, I feel free. Free from … Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s chains and what they tried to keep on us and the lies that were told.” said Marvin Gaye’s daughter, Nona Gaye.
The lies she is referring to have to do with Williams and Thicke’s claims that the song was not infringement and that the pair have claimed there was no fowl play.
The troubles won’t yet stop for the song writing duo though. Gaye family attorney, Richard Busch, is seeking to have further sales of “Blurred Lines” halted to further anymore profit. He has said he will be filing paperwork next week.
While Thicke and Williams appeared in court last week in defense of their case, there were many comparisons and side by side listens of the songs, which led even Williams to admit that the songs shared similar elements and feel, though he did contest that it still was not infringement.
For those looking to hear the similarities for themselves, check out the video below courtesy of YouTube user Josh Chesterfield.