NOT BLURRY AT ALL…..HERE’S 7 MILLION REASONS WHY
It wasn’t that long ago that we told you about the upcoming trial involving Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams in the copyright infringement duel of Marvin Gay’s “Got To Give It Up” versus Williams’ and Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” (Read it here). Today, a federal jury in Los Angeles answered the question of whether the former was infringed upon by the latter by awarding Marvin Gaye’s heirs more than $7 million dollars in damages. “Got To Give It Up” won and it now looks like Thicke and Williams and going to be the ones giving up.
Recently, Williams and Thicke issued ominous premonitions via their reps saying the verdict could have a chilling effect on future creativity. Today that warning was refined via the following statement from the duo’s attorney:
“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. Pharrell created “Blurred Lines” from his heart, mind and soul and the song was 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 (damage control) message apparently being floated is the “concern” that anybody who plays in another person’s genre can be sued by a prior creator in that same genre. Although that sounds like the war drums of an appeal whether that bucket holds water or not remains to be seen. Evidently, Williams’ self-professed admiration of Gaye and his explanation that he was feeling “70s” didn’t persuade the jury. Neither did Thicke’s explanation that he was under the influence and lying when he claimed in 2013 interviews that he directed Williams to write something inspired by “Got to Give It Up.”
“Blurred Lines,” the ever so popular 2013 Grammy-nominated single, earned Thicke and Williams more than $5 million each. However, now both have got to be thinking that for some of that they “Got To Give It Up”………literally.