Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke Found Guilty of Plagiarism for 'Blurred Lines'
Following a two-week case in the US District Court in Los Angeles, Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke have been found guilty of plagiarizing Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up" for their 2013 chart topper "Blurred Lines." The court ordered the two defendants to pay a total of $7.4 million to the children of the late Motown singer for copyright infringement.
"Right now I feel free," a tearful Nona Gaye told reporters 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." The Gaye family originally sought to receive $25 million in damages while Thicke and Williams' track only made roughly $16 million in profit.
Marvin Gaye's original track, "Got to Give It Up":
Robin Thick and Pharrell Williams' "Blurred Lines":
The case sets an unsettling precedent in regards to the laws surrounding intellectual property in the music business - especially in EDM, a subset of the greater industry which benefits immensely from the borrowing and re-imagining of existing works. Amid the rise of companies like Dubset Media Holdings - which provides music fingerprinting options for record labels and publishers seeking to collect on artists using their releases in mixes - time will tell if the legal climate of the music world takes an unsavory turn.
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