Marvin Pay: Pharrell and Robin Thicke lose ‘Blurred Lines’ lawsuit to tune of $7.3 million
The hits keep on coming for Robin Thicke — and we aren’t talking about any of the songs off Paula.
The AP just announced:
BREAKING: Jury finds Pharrell, Thicke copied Marvin Gaye song for 'Blurred Lines,' awards $7.3 million.
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 10, 2015
Marvin Gaye’s family had taken the songwriters to a Los Angeles court, arguing their 2013 pop hit “Blurred Lines” ripped off the legendary soul singer’s 1977 chart-topper “Got to Give It Up.”
“Blurred Lines” has generated nearly $16.5 million in revenue since its release, Variety reports, and the Gaye heirs were hard after a portion of the profits, seeking “more than $25 million.”
The copyright infringement trial lasted about a week, and the jurors began deliberating Thursday afternoon, according to KTLA.
“On one side of the legal battle are the Gayes, who contend that they instantly recognized striking similarities between the two songs when they first heard ‘Blurred Lines,'” the news station wrote earlier today. “They called to the stand a musicologist who analyzed the songs and concluded there was a ‘constellation’ of eight similar elements. Others outside court had also noticed similarities, including reviewers, fans and one person who overlaid the two songs for a mix uploaded to YouTube.”
Marvin Gaye died in 1984.
Listen to a mashup of the two songs below…