The lines weren’t blurred for the jury involved in Robin Thicke and Pharrell’s infringement lawsuit. On Tuesday, Marvin Gaye’s family was victorious and won a $7.2 million payout over the copy-cat music makers. The eight member jury voted unanimously that Thicke and Pharrell copied music from Gaye’s 1977 hit song, Got to Give It Up.
Gaye’s children — Nona, Frankie and Marvin Gaye III — were present in court when the verdict was read.
Nona Gaye wept as the verdict was being read and was hugged by her attorney, Richard Busch.
“Right now, I feel free,” 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.”
Williams issued the following statement through his representative:
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.
Thicke has not released a statement as of yet.
Richard Busch, the attorney for the Gaye family had this to say:
This is as satisfying or more satisfying than any case I’ve ever had. Winning the Eminem digital download case was obviously a very big deal. But winning this might be more satisfying because of the machine we were up against and who Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke are. I’m sure (Thicke and Williams) probably wondered who this guy from Nashville, Tennessee is, but they know now.
The family is now trying to stop future sales of the song. So far the song has made $16,675,690 in profits. $5,658,214 went to Thicke, $5,153,457 was given to Williams and $704,774 to T.I.
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