Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams versus the family of Marvin Gaye over the long-debated copyright infringement issue over the song “Blurred Lines” has finally come to an end, with Thicke and Pharrell ordered to pay Gaye’s family a total of USD7.4 million as part of the ruling.
Previously, it was reported that Thicke’s Grammy-nominated hit “Blurred Lines” featuring Pharrell had allegedly ripped-off Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up”.
Gaye’s children filed a lawsuit against the two singers back in 2013, and the court proceedings have been going on ever since.
According to UK Dailymail, the Gaye family initially asked for USD40 million in damages, but they later lowered the amount to USD25.
“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,” Marvin Gaye’s daughter, Nona Gaye, said after the verdict.
The jury awarded the Gaye family USD4 million in damages and USD 3.4 million in profits from the song, with Thicke and Pharrell forced to fork out USD1.7 million and USD 1.6 million respectively.
However, it would seem that the “Blurred Lines” duo are not giving up as TMZ reported that Pharrell’s representative said the song was “created from his heart, mind and soul, and the song was not taken from anyone or anywhere else.”
According to the representative, Thicke and Pharrell are still reviewing the verdict and are considering their options, which mean that they might be appealing for the case.
Listen to the comparison between Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up” for yourselves.