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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.

 

Image Credit: ROBYN BECK, AFP/Getty Images

 

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  • ZORINO

    Pharrell and Robin should’ve been upfront from the jump.They should have gotten the sample clearance first, credited Marvin Gaye as a composer, and everything would’ve been fine. It would’ve been a win-win for all parties involved.

    • [email protected]

      I agree.

    • Anthony

      They did not sample “Got to Give It Up.” They simply used a similar beat and instrumentation. A sample would be them singing over the original recording or at least a portion of it.

    • Michelle

      IMO, it’s like taking a well-known meal recipe and claiming it as an original just because you added a few new ingredients and you didn’t use the same name-brand products that was recommended.

    • vintage3000

      Yup, that’s like my friend who takes Jiffy cornbread, adds a few extra ingredients in it and tried to pass it off as from scratch-lol.

    • ZORINO

      I believe Pharrell used the same groove and sped up the BPM. 15 seconds or into both songs you can hear the same same bassline use at the same spot. Youtube the 2 songs and you’ll notice it.

    • Ajavee

      I agree Zorino they stole from Marvin Gaye and had the audacity to say they did not. Bold face liars.

  • ZORINO

    ‘Blurred lines’ vs ‘Got To Give It Up’ is turning into the Blue and Black or Gold and White Dress Debate all over again.

    • Love.tweet.joi

      Ha! This case actually seems more cut and dry than that dress debate LOL. #istillseewhiteandgold

    • ZORINO

      Lol. Seriously you saw white and gold? I saw black and blue…

      As for Blurred Lines case, I think Pharrell copied Marvin’s song and sped up the BPM.

    • Love.tweet.joi

      See we agree on Blurred Lines. THAT DRESS IS WHITE AND GOLD. I don’t care that the dress designers say that the dress was never created in white and gold. I don’t care that my five year old looked at the picture and said, “Mommy, I don’t see a white dress. The dress is blue and black.” LOL.

    • Michelle

      I believe that the song was sped up as well. It sounds as if it was sped up just a bit, but the same ingredients was still there.

  • disqus_6sinns1216

    Robin take this L

  • PrimmestPlum

    Good.

  • ZORINO

    Robin Thicke’s “Million Dollar Baby” sounds like Marvin Gaye’s “Trouble Man”. The Gaye children are considering suing him again. Listen to the 2 songs. You be the judge.

    Pharrel’s “Happy” sounds like Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t that peculiar?”

    This isn’t over yet…