Recently, a federal jury reached a clear decision that “Blurred Lines”, the 2013 smash hit, infringed on legendary musician, Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up”. As a result, Marvin Gaye’s children were awarded 7. 3 million dollars after the verdict was reached. While both Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were both held responsible for the lawsuit, there were no fingers pointed at the record company nor rapper, T.I., who was also featured on the song.
Upon reaching the verdict, this lawsuit lasted for over a week and revolved around the belief that both songs shared similarities. Marvin Gaye’s family didn’t back down when it came to fighting hard for the cause. They revealed that upon hearing ‘Blurred Lines’, they heard the similarities right off the bat. However, both Robin Thicke and Pharrell as well as their teams denied the accusation. They fought to prove that neither musician involved Marvin Gaye’s’ hit in the creation of the song, their attorney, Howard King, also had this to say,
“This affects the creativity of young musicians who hope to stand on the shoulders of other musicians,” King stated. “Let my clients go forth and continue to do their magic.”
With the resolution of this lawsuit, hopefully both sides can move on and continue with their lives. While this is a hard hit for both Thicke and Williams, it could serve as a cautionary tale for others in the music industry. Check out a mash-up of the two hit songs below and decide for yourself if justice was served.
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