Judge Decreases Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” Verdict By $2 Million

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams will get to keep some extra money in their pockets from a recent "Blurred Lines" verdict, but they will see a dip in future earnings.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt ruled that the copyright infringement verdict a jury reached in March in favor of Marvin Gaye's family should be less. He cut the verdict from $7.4 million to $5.3 million, saving Thicke, Pharrell and their record labels over $2 million.

Contrary to the decrease, the judge ruled that Gaye's family must receive 50 percent of the song's future royalties.

According to the AP, the judge rejected Thicke and Williams' lawyers request for a new trial. He also refused to issue an injunction requested by Gaye's family that would have temporarily blocked sales and performance of "Blurred Lines."

The jury sided with Gaye's family back in March (2015), agreeing that "Blurred Lines" copied Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit, "Got to Give It Up."

Jurors found that rapper T.I., who received songwriting credit and a share of the royalties, did not commit copyright infringement, but Kronstadt ruled Tuesday that other elements of the jury's verdict mean he must be included in the judgment.

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