Blurred Lines verdict: Marvin Gaye family awarded $7.3m
- Murray Robertson
- 11 March 2015
Court rules Pharell Williams and Robin Thicke copied Marvin Gaye song when writing 'Blurred Lines'
A US jury has decided that Pharell Williams and Robin Thicke, writers of controversial 2013 hit song 'Blurred Lines', copied Marvin Gaye track 'Got to Give it Up'. The family of the late singer have been awarded $7.3m (£4.8m) as part of the ruling and are now trying to block future sales of the smash hit.
With its provocative lyrics and risqué music video, 'Blurred Lines' attracted accusations of misogyny and claims that it promoted date rape, leading to its banning at several UK universities. Despite this, it topped the charts in 20 countries and became one of the best-selling singles of all time with 14.8m sales.
In court, Williams admitted taking inspiration from Gaye's music but denied copying it when he wrote Blurred Lines in about an hour in 2013. Although credited as co-writer, Thicke claimed to have played little part in its creation.
In a joint statement, Williams and Thicke said: 'While we respect the judicial process we are extremely disappointed in the ruling made today, which sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity going forward … We are reviewing the decision, considering our options and you will hear more from us soon about this matter.'
The verdict comes after years of legal wrangling between the parties and could face several more years in court if Williams and Thicke fight the ruling.