A jury apparently didn’t find any Blurred Lines in the case by Marvin Gaye’s children against singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams.
The jury awarded Marvin Gaye’s children $7.4 million on Tuesday after deciding the musicians had used their father’s music to create their 2013 hit son Blurred Lines.
Marvin Gaye’s daughter Nona Gaye wept as the verdict was being read.
It was previously revealed that the song had made a staggering $16 million for Pharrell, Thicke, rapper T.I. and the record company.
The jury found the family should receive $4 million in damages and $3.4 million in profits from the song, with Thicke forced to pay $1.7 million from his own pocket and Pharrell $1.6 million.
An attorney for Thicke and Pharrell has said a decision in favor of Gaye’s heirs could have a negative effect on musicians who try to emulate an era or another artist’s sound.
Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines VS Marvin Gaye – Got to Give it Up
Busch pointed out during his argument that Thicke said in interviews while promoting the single that he and Pharrell were trying to write something like Gaye’s Got to Give It Up.
Thicke told jurors he didn’t write Blurred Lines, which Pharrell testified he crafted in about an hour in mid-2012, as he was too high on painkillers and alcohol.
Thicke insisted, “The biggest hit of my career was written by somebody else, and I was jealous and wanted credit”.
Basically, he is a liar and a douche.
Gaye’s children – Nona, Frankie and Marvin Gaye III – sued the singers in 2013 and were present when the verdict was read.
Marvin Gaye, best known for such classics as Sexual Healing, I Heard It Through the Grapevine, and How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), was tragically murdered by his father as he tried to break up a fight between his parents and protect his mother in 1984.
The singer, just 44-years-old at the time, had been nominated for 14 Grammys at that point over the course of his brilliant but all too brief career, and left the rights to all his music to his three children.
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