Yesterday (Mar. 11), it was reported a jury ruled that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams would have to pay $7.4 million worth of profits they accrued from their 2013 smash hit “Blurred Lines” to the family of Marvin Gaye, who claimed the song infringed on Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.” But Thicke and Williams aren’t going out without a fight…
Their lawyer, Howard E. King, said he plans on appealing the verdict, saying that “We are going to exercise every post-trial remedy we have to make sure this verdict does not stand. We owe it to songwriters around the world to make sure this verdict doesn’t stand. My clients know that they wrote the song ‘Blurred Lines’ from their hearts and souls and no other source,” he told Fox Business Network.
Thicke admitted he and Pharrell used Gaye as an inspiration for the song. During the trial, Pharrell (who is famous for recreating throwback vibes from classic sounds) said “I must’ve been channeling,” Pharrell said, “that feeling, that late-’70s feeling. Sometimes when you look back on your past work, you see echoes of people. But that doesn’t mean that’s what you were doing.”
It ain’t over till it’s over!