On Tuesday, a Los Angeles jury ruled Robin Thicke and Pharrell hit of 2013, “Blurred Lines,” infringed on Marvin Gaye’s jam of 1977 “Got To Give It Up.” The two have been ordered to pay $7.3 million to the Gaye family. The attorney for Pharrell and Robin Thicke issued the following statement:
“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. “‘Blurred Lines’ was created from the heart and minds of Pharrell, Robin, and T.I. and not taken from anyone or anywhere else. We are reviewing the decision, considering our options and you will hear more from us soon about this matter.”
The ruling is being appealed by Pharrell and Thicke, but many claimed the two songs are much too alike and it’s clear the duo were somewhat inspired greatly by Marvin Gaye’s song. “Blurred Lines” sold over 6 million copies and generated more that $16.6 million in revenue. T.I., who only rapped a verse on the song, is not involved in the case because he had no part in composing. Let’s hope a case like this will never happen again, and artists obtain the clearance they need to continue making great music. For good times sake, let’s just enjoy “Blurred Lines” one more time.