Although Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke both took home a pretty penny, these last two years, from the success of hit single “Blurred Lines,” the celebration has seized.
A jury, in the case against the musicians for infringement of the eerily similar 1973 Marvin Gaye single, “Got To Give It Up,” decided that the musicians did, indeed, copy the musical legend’s work.
The duo were ordered to pay $7.3 million to the Marvin Gay estate.
“Right now, I feel free,” 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.”
“I feel free from … Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s chains and what they tried to keep on us and the lies that were told.” ~Nona Gaye
An attorney for Thicke and Williams was also quoted as saying that the decision in favor of Gaye’s heirs could have a chilling effect on musicians who try to emulate an era or another artist’s sound.
The duo are currently debating on whether to appeal the case.
What are your thoughts sweethearts, do you agree with the jurors’ decision?
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