Published: Sat, December 15, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

'Blurred Lines' suit against Robin Thicke, Pharrell ends in $5 million judgment

'Blurred Lines' suit against Robin Thicke, Pharrell ends in $5 million judgment

The "Blurred Lines" hitmaker's dad Alan Thicke died suddenly from a heart attack two weeks ago and the 41-year-old singer admitted he was recently hit by a "mini breakdown" when he wanted to talk to the "Growing Pains" actor about his new TV show, "The Masked Singer".

In 2015 the pair were ordered to pay $7.3m to the Marvin Gaye estate after a week-long trial, in which both writers strongly denied the allegations.

Well, there are no 'Blurred Lines' anymore, folks...the legal battle dating back to 2013 over whether the talented Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke stole Marvin Gaye's classic track 'Got To Give It Up' has finally come to an end.

In 2013, Gaye's family and Bridgeport Music initiated a copyright infringement suit.

The judge reduced the figure to $5.3 million. However, there was one dissenting judge in the appeals court who shared the concerns expressed by many in the songwriting community.

The ruling also awarded Gaye's family prejudgment interest on the damages and 50% percent of the royalties from "Blurred Lines" moving forward.

But, the district court and the appeal court found enough similarities in phrases, hooks, bass lines, harmonic structures, keyboard chords and vocal melodies.

But, Richard Busch, the lawyer representing Gaye's family, said the decision "not only protects songwriters' works from being unlawfully copied without payment or credit, but encourages today's writers to create original work that does not take advantage of the success of others while pawning it off as their own". Sign up to our free daily newsletters and get stories like this sent straight to your inbox.

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