According to various news reports, a jury has found Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke guilty of copying Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up"for their hit song, 'Blurred Lines. The duo have been ordered to pay $7.3 million to the Gaye's family which is much less than the $25 million the family was seeking.
"Blurred Lines" which was the biggest hit of 2013 earned more than $5 million apiece for Thicke and Williams. Although both are credited as its songwriters, Williams wrote the song in about an hour in 2012, and the pair recorded it in one night. TI also performed on the song but was not credited as the writer.
Last week, during the trial, the juxtaposed bass lines of the two songs in question were played to Pharrell and he admitted, “It sounds like you’re playing the same thing.”
Following the verdict, a spokesperson for Pharrell Williams told Rolling Stone:
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.
Pharrell created ‘Blurred Lines’ from his heart, mind and soul and the song was 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.
Meanwhile, Marvin’s daughter, Nona Gaye, said it feels like she has been set free.
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.
As the trial progressed, Robin Thicke had admitted that he lied about his participation in writing the song and it was solely Pharrell Williams work.