“Blurred Lines” Trial Verdict

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The “Blurred Lines” trial verdict is in! On March 10, a federal jury handed down a ruling implicating that songwriters Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke committed an act of copyright infringement when it came to their hit song “Blurred Lines.”

The lawsuit, brought into federal court by family members of the late Marvin Gaye, claimed that the song was infringing upon the trademark of Gaye’s hit song “Got to Give It Up.” Rapper T.I. was also named in the suit, but the jury did not find him guilty of wrongdoing.

Williams said, at trial, that he was attempting to channel the spirit of Marvin Gaye by writing in the style of that musical genre. Williams went on to say that Thicke did not take part in the songwriting process. Williams was reported in previous interviews as having said that “Blurred Lines” was inspired by “Got to Give It Up.”

A music writing specialist and analyst took the stand at the trial, comparing the two hit songs bar by bar stated blogspot.com. The specialist declared that the majority of “Blurred Lines” had been copied from “Got to Give It Up.”

Thicke and Williams made an estimated $5 million from the song. The jury was never allowed to hear “Got to Give It Up” play in the courtroom due to copyright laws.

The jury awarded more than $7 million in damages to the Gaye family.

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