Earlier this year we reported on the Blurred Lines verdict. We reported on the case before the trial (you can read it here) and following the verdict (you can read that here). Essentially, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were ordered to pay approximately $7.4 million to Marvin Gaye’s children following a jury verdict that found Messrs. Thicke and Williams had lifted a bit too much from Gaye’s Got To Give It Up when they created Blurred Lines. That matter is now up on appeal.
Ok. Listen. Things happen and courts/juries make decisions. You accept what happened and move on even if you appeal which Thicke and Williams did. That’s fine. But now, in an interview that Thicke gave to the New York Times Thicke claims he was “careless” during his deposition which occurred two weeks after he separated from actress Paula Patton. (A “deposition” is a question and answer session under oath. Litigants just don’t walk into them unprepared either).
Said Thicke: “I was going through personal hell at the time. And I was careless in the deposition.” He then continued and said, “obviously, I didn’t give my all to the trial. It simply wasn’t as important to me as what was going on in my personal life. I was lost at the time. I had lost my way.”
Thicke then told The Times he was surprised with the verdict and that is why they are appealing. Thicke further elaborated: “I know the difference between inspiration and theft. I’m constantly inspired, but I would never steal. And neither would Pharrell.” As to a post-script, Thicke had this to say: “For me, it will not, it has not, changed my process in any way. But yes, many artists and writers have voiced their concerns to me about this,” he said. “And if the verdict holds up, I believe that it will have a ripple effect on the arts and the industry in general.”
Here’s the problem. There are a lot of steps that lead up to a trial. No doubt a deposition is one of them. But there is almost always time to prepare. Yes, it might be that the witness isn’t “on” that day or that they get confused and just simply blow it however, it’s hard to believe that anyone facing millions of dollars in damages was just not paying attention. Similarly, it’s hard to complain about a jury’s ruling when you tell them that you were high and lying when you said certain things that led up to the lawsuit to begin with. If you want to argue about the similarities of the songs that one thing. But, if you performed poorly accept it and move on. Just don’t blame the sound system if you can’t sing. Otherwise, you are again just blurring the lines.