Got To Give It Up: Jury Finds Pharrell And Robin Thicke Copied Marvin Gaye’s Music For “Blurred Lines”
A jury has decided that artists Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit song “Got to Give It Up” for their 2013 banger “Blurred Lines.” As a result the Gaye children were awarded $7.3 million.
According to the Associated Press, Nona Gaye, Marvin’s daughter, cried when the verdict was read and her attorney Richard Busch hugged her.
She said later, “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 we were told.”
Meanwhile, an attorney for Williams and Thicke said the verdict could have a “chilling effect on musicians who try to emulate an era or another artist’s sound.”
Gaye’s lawyers argued that Williams and Thicke went beyond emulation and copied the song outright.
You may remember earlier in the trial, Thicke testified that though he is credited on the album, he did not write “Blurred Lines.” Williams later testified that he wrote the song in an hour back in 2012.
While Williams acknowledged that Gaye’s music was a part of the soundtrack of his childhood, he didn’t use any of it to create “Blurred Lines.”
Throughout the trial jurors heard testimony that detailed the analysis of chords and notes in “Blurred Lines” and “Got to Give It Up.”
An expert for the Gaye family said that there are eight distinct elements from “Got to Give It Up” that were also used in “Blurred Lines.” An expert for Williams and Thicke denied the claim.
When Marvin Gaye died in 1984, he left the copyright to his music to his children.
While this is the official verdict, appeals for this case could go on for years.