Well, the lines were not blurred, at least to the jury. Marvin Gaye's family is being awarded $7.3 million from Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke for "Blurred Lines" sampling and borrowing without permission Gaye' 1977 song "Got To Give It Up".
Marvin's family was attempting to get $25 million from Thicke and Williams for copyright infringement of the song.
Variety reported that just last week that Williams felt there was no infringement on the song in question.
During the trial, Thicke played piano on the song and said during interviews in 2013 that when he said he was greatly influenced by Gaye during the recording of "Blurred Lines" and the album he recorded then, that he was drunk at the time of every interview mentioning Gaye. Every. Time.
“Right now, I feel free,” Marvin Gaye’s daughter, Nona Gaye, said after the verdict. “Free from … Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s chains and what they tried to keep on us and the lies that were told.”-DocFB
Diagnosis: Giving up millions must suck. The song's popularity also killed Thicke's longtime marriage.
Maurice, I couldn’t agree more. The Beatles, James Brown, and Elvis could sue just about every band or artist that recorded in the last 40 years.
I liked the song. But real musicians know that a typical drumbeat can also be about the style (disco for example). If this was copyright infringement, then no musician is safe anymore. The Beatles tried almost everything. Does that mean we should pay them for using an electric guitar?
I’m so glad they have to pay. This was the worst song of last year or was it 2013? The video was a exploration of women. The women in it should be ashamed.
Robin Thicke has a small one
Hey, I LOVE the tune “Blurred Lines”, & the sexy video too. Whoooweeee! That shit is HOT! But when the similarity to “Gotta Give it Up” was brought to light, I had to agree. We gotta give credit where credit’s due…& Marvin is obviously the Master of that incredibly funky groove.
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