After months of drama, a jury has finally decided that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams DID plagiarise Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got To Give It Up’ in their 2013 smash hit ‘Blurred Lines’.
Despite continually denying the claims, the two have been ordered to pay Marvin’s children millions of dollars for infringement of copyright.
It was only last week that Pharrell, 41, was defending him and Robin’s songwriting process, telling the court: “I had Earl Sweatshirt in one room and Miley Cyrus in the other. I was doing a bunch of country-sounding music with Miley.
“It was like blending this country sound with this up-tempo groove.
“I must have been channeling that feeling, that late ’70s feeling. Sometimes when you look back on your past work, you see echoes of people. But that doesn’t mean that’s what you were doing.”
However, a Los Angeles jury yesterday reached the verdict that him and Robin DID rip off Marvin’s 1977 hit, ordering them to pay his children Nona, Frankie and Marvin Gaye III a whopping $7.3 million in compensation.
Broken down, that’s $1.6 million from Pharrell and $1.7 million from Robin to cover compensation for loss of profits, with the other $4 million awarded for damages.
That’s about £5 million, and adds up to around a dollar for every copy of the hit single sold – a single which made them an eye-watering $16 million profit.
Rapper T.I, who also features on the track, and the record companies were not found guilty of being involved in the plagiarism.
After the verdict, Nona burst into tears and said: “Right now I feel free. Free from Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s chains and what they tried to keep on us and the lies that were told.”
Neither Robin nor Pharrell were in court, but they have released a statement, saying: “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.”
Although Marvin’s family are happy with the result, experts are reportedly warning that this verdict could provoke a string of artists to come forward and claims that their music was used by others.
Watch this space, we guess.
As well as causing controversy for its lyrics, Robin and Pharrell’s hit has been hit with trouble from day one, with Paula Patton’s ex-husband himself admitting that he wasn’t actually involved in writing said offending lyrics.
Admitting that he took more credit for the song than he actually should have done, the 38-year-old said in court: “I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio.
“So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted…I… I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit.”
It remains to be seen whether this final verdict really does mark the end of the long saga.
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