Blurred Lines Verdict: Thicke And Williams Seek Appeal

Blurred linesPharrell Williams and Robin Thicke are to appeal the verdict which ruled that they copied a Marvin Gaye track.

Earlier this week, the U.S. District Court jury in Los Angeles sided with Gaye’s estate, finding that parts of his 1977 hit “Got to Give it Up” were lifted by Thicke and Williams for their 2013 R&B chart-topper.

Heirs of the late soul singer, Marvin Gaye, won a $7.4 million judgement on Tuesday against recording stars Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, who a jury found plagiarized the Motown artist in the creation of their hit single “Blurred Lines.”

However, the musicians’ lawyer remained adamant Blurred Lines was original, as his clients insist it was created solely by them.

Howard King told Fox Business News, “We owe it to songwriters around the world to make sure this verdict doesn’t stand.

“My clients know that they wrote the song Blurred Lines from their hearts and souls and no other source.

“We are going to exercise every post-trial remedy we have to make sure this verdict does not stand.”

Mr King added that expert evidence in the case, which may have swayed the jury, should have been inadmissible.

He said, in particular, that the testimony from a musicologist that compared Blurred Lines with Got To Give It Up was based on elements of Gaye’s song that were not on the original sheet music.

The attorney for Gaye’s heirs, Richard Busch, had said that they would seek an injunction to halt further distribution of Blurred Lines.

Marvin Gaye’s Heirs Win $7.4 Million For ‘Blurred Lines’ Plagiarism

Blurred linesHeirs of the late soul singer, Marvin Gaye, won a $7.4 million judgement on Tuesday against recording stars Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, who a jury found plagiarized the Motown artist in the creation of their hit single “Blurred Lines.”

The U.S. District Court jury in Los Angeles sided with Gaye’s estate, finding that parts of his 1977 hit “Got to Give it Up” were lifted by Thicke and Williams for their 2013 R&B chart-topper.

The jury awarded Gaye’s heirs $4 million in actual damages plus $3.4 million in profits that Thicke and Williams were found to have derived from their copyright infringement.

Several other parties sued by Gaye’s estate, the rapper T.I. and various music companies, were cleared of infringement.

Gaye’s daughter, Nona Gaye, hugged her attorney and wept as the court clerk read the verdict capping a week-long trial that explored the boundaries between artistic inspiration and theft.

“Right now I feel free, free from, honestly, from Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s chains and what they tried to keep on us, and the lies that they told,” she said.

Neither Thicke nor Williams was present for the verdict.

Their lawyer, Howard King, said they were keeping their options open. “It’s a lot of money. It’s not going to bankrupt my clients. It’s a disappointing number,” he said.

The attorney for Gaye’s heirs, Richard Busch, said they would seek an injunction to halt further distribution of “Blurred Lines.”

The suit cited magazine interviews given by Thicke in which he admitted drawing on “Got to Give it Up” when producing and recording “Blurred Lines.”

Thicke said later in sworn statements he was high on painkillers and alcohol when “Blurred Lines” became a hit and that he exaggerated his contribution to writing the song.

Thicke sang the raunchy, percussive dance tune, the biggest U.S. pop song of the summer of 2013, at that year’s MTV Video Music Awards in a provocative performance featuring pop singer, Miley Cyrus.

Williams acknowledged in court he had been a fan of Gaye’s music since childhood, but said “Blurred Lines” and “Got to Give it Up” were similar in genre only.

“The last thing you want to do as a creator is take something of someone else’s when you love him,” Williams testified. Gaye, whose hits included “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” was fatally shot by his father in 1984 at age 44.