An 8-member jury in downtown Los Angeles has just unanimously ruled that Robin Thicke’s 2013 mega hit Blurred Lines is a total rip off of Mavin Gaye’s 1977 hit Got to Give it Up.
As you will remember, Gaye’s family claimed in 2013 that Thicke and the song’s writer-producer Pharrell Williams ripped off their father’s song. Pharrell and Thicke responded by suing the family, claiming that the song was no rip-off. But the Gaye family counter-sued … and now you know the winner.
According to the verdict reached on Tuesday, the jury agreed that Thicke and Pharrell infringed on the copyright of Mavin Gaye while making Blurred Lines. They ordered both men to pay Gaye’s family a total of 7.3 million.
Blurred Lines – the biggest hit of 2013 – generated a little over $5 million each for Thicke and Pharrell, while T.I, who rapped in the song but was not held responsible for the copyright infringement, earned around $707,000.
No word on whether Pharrell and/or Thicke will appeal the judgement.
Pharrell’s rep later said in a statement, ‘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. “Blurred Lines” was created from the heart and minds of Pharrell, Robin and T.I. and 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.’