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Robin Thicke & Pharrell Ordered to Pay Marvin Gaye Estate $7.3 Million Over “Blurred Lines”

“Blurred Lines” singer Robin Thicke loses in court

Robin Thicke, Pharrell and Clifford Harris Jr. lose big in court today over the authorship of their #1 hit song “Blurred Lines.”

In the high-profile case, Gaye’s family had argued that the 2013 smash hit “Blurred Lines” copied their father’s 1977 song “Got to Give Up” and sued Thicke, (Pharrell) Williams and Clifford Harris Jr., a.k.a. T.I. The three had sought a jury determination that the song was not an infringement, and the Gaye family filed a counter-suit.

“Right now, I feel free,” Marvin Gaye’s daughter, Nona Gaye, said 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 attorney for the Gaye family, Richard Busch, will also seek to halt sales of “Blurred Lines,” and said he will file official paperwork by next week.

“Blurred Lines,” nominated for record of the year at the 2013 Grammys, was no. 1 on the Billboard single charts for 10 consecutive weeks. Since it was released, “Blurred Lines” has made nearly $16.5 million, with Williams and Thicke raking in over $5 million each. Overall, the family sought more than $25 million in damages. Gaye died in 1984.

(via Variety)

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