The federal jury in Los Angeles concluded that the performer and primary songwriter-producer of the 2013 pop hit “Blurred Lines“, Robin Thicke and Pharell Williams, committed copyright infringement by using elements of Marvin Gaye’s song “Got to Give It Up” in their composition without proper credit. Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams lose Blurred Lines copyright case when jurors decided that the track was too similar and ordered Williams and Thicke to pay $7.3m, a combination of profits from the song and damages.

Blurred Lines Copyright Case

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have been ordered to pay $7.3 million to Marvin Gaye’s estate over “Blurred Lines” copyright case.

The “Blurred Lines” performers were not in court Tuesday. They later released a joint statement from Thicke’s representatives: “While we respect the judicial process, we are extremely disappointed in the ruling made today, which sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity going forward. ‘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 Blurred Lines copyright case began in 2013, when Thicke, Williams and Harris initially filed a lawsuit against the Gaye family to defend themselves against a public accusation that they stole parts of “Got to Give It Up.” Later that year, the Gaye family counter-sued. In 2014, a judge sided with Gaye’s loved ones, ruling that their musicological experts provided sufficient evidence for the case to go to trial.

Have you heard the Blurred Lines and the Got to Give it Up? Many people are comparing the two songs and I’m one of them. I could not read music, but upon listening to the two songs, I can tell that there were actually more differences than similarities, and very little that was exactly the same. “Blurred Lines” contains the phrase “Shake your rump, get down, get up-a”, while Gaye’s song includes the line, “Move it up, turn it ’round, shake it down”. Listen to “Blurred lines” below.

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