Jury Concludes Pharrell Williams & Robin Thicke Copied Marvin Gaye’s Song for ‘Blurred Lines’

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By: Amanda Anderson-Niles

Last year Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke were slapped with a lawsuit by Marvin Gaye’s family because they believed the artists copied Marvin’s “Got to Give It Up” to create their massive hit, “Blurred Lines.”

Although Pharrell and Robin denied they copied the song, the jury disagrees and now the pair owes the Gaye family millions.

Variety writes:

The jury has reached a verdict in the “Blurred Lines” case against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, ordering them to pay $7.3 million to the family of Marvin Gaye for copyright infringement.

In the trial, Marvin Gaye’s family argued that 2013’s “Blurred Lines” copied their father’s 1977 song “Got to Give Up,” and sued Thicke, Williams and rapper T.I.

The musicians have denied stealing any of Gaye’s music. “Blurred Lines” was a huge hit in 2013 and, by many measures, was the top song of the year.

Since it was released, “Blurred Lines” has made nearly $16.5 million, with the Gaye heirs seeking a portion of the profits. Overall, the family sought more than $25 million. Gaye died in 1984.

10 comments

  1. Damn people always hyping Pharrell and Kanye up as producers but both of them are thieves. Ain’t that some ish.

  2. Tiiiiiiime to pay the piper, boys! I don’t care about Robin but definitely sad Pharrell got mixed up in this. He’s too talented to be stealing.

    1. You know, I have never noticed this until you said it just now. I can definitely see how he has copied Marvin in his style of singing over the years. smh

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