The family of Marvin Gaye has been awarded $7.3 million by a civil jury in Los Angeles, who decided that Robin Thicke and Pharrell William’s massive 2013 hit Blurred Lines did copy Marvin Gaye’s 1977 Classic “Got to Give It Up“. Howard E King, The lawyer for Thicke, WIlliams and co-writer rapper TI, said the decision set a “horrible precedent for music and creativity going forward”. The decision will almost certainly be appealed.
Williams, Thicke and T.I. said in a joint statement: “‘Blurred Lines‘ was created from the heart and minds of Pharrell, Robin and T.I. and not taken from anyone or anywhere else. We are reviewing the decision, considering our options and you will hear more from us soon about this matter.”
The Gaye family’s lawyer Richard S Busch said “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”.
In the wake of the jury’s verdict in the “Blurred Lines case”, Marvin Gaye’s children have filed a new motion to list three record labels and rapper TI as responsible parties in the case – and thus also hold them accountable for the already decided copyright infringement by Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams. Gaye’s three children Nona, Frankie, and Marvin III, have also written and published an open letter, clarifying their motivations behind taking the copyright case to court on their father’s behalf. In the original trial, the jury exonerated TI and the recorded music labels and distributors Universal Music, Interscope Records and Williams’s Star Trak Entertainment of infringement. A second motions seeks to halt the sale and reproduction of Blurred Lines until both parties reach an agreement on how the Gayes “may share in the copyright and all future proceeds of Blurred Lines, as is their right”.