Marvin Gaye’s children have been awarded $7.4 million after a copyright battle between Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for 2013’s hit song ‘Blurred Lines.’
Thicke and William’s lead attorney, Howard King, said the jury’s decision in favour of Gaye could affect musicians who try to emulate an era or an artist.
R&B legend Marvin Gaye left his children the copyrights to his music after his death in 1984.
The lawyer of Gaye’s children, Nona, Frankie, and Marvin, Richard Busch said the artists went beyond trying to emulate the sound of Gaye’s music and outright copied Gaye’s hit ‘Got to Give it Up.’
Williams testified that he wrote ‘Blurred Lines’ in 2012 in about an hour and also signed a document stating he didn’t use any artists’ work in the music and would be held responsible if a copyright claim was raised.
Jurors were able to hear ‘Blurred Lines’ and a version of ‘Got to Give it Up’ that was created only on sheet music submitted for copyright protection.
Williams and Thicke were sued after the song was released in 2013. Since then, the song has sold over 7.3 million copies in the US and the duo has earned over $7 million each.