An eight-person jury in Los Angeles has declared that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s 2013 song Blurred Lines copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 song Got to Give It Up.
Pharrell and Robin must pay $4 million in damages plus profits from Blurred Lines for a total of over $7.3 million.
“I am filled with so much emotions right now. It is a miracle,” Nona Gaye said in a statement. “I believe my father [Marvin Gaye] was here. He has been gone for 30 years. There was nothing else to do when this happened but stand up for him. When it’s not right, it’s not right.”
Robin filed a preemptive suit, denying that Blurred Lines was a copy of Got to Give it Up and to establish that there were no grounds for a lawsuit against him. Weeks later, Marvin’s children sued the hitmakers and music producer Clifford Harris Jr. claiming that Blurred Lines borrowed heavily from their father’s song.
Robin was forced to sing, dance and play piano during his testimony. According to E! News: “Thicke performed a medley of songs including U2’s With Or Without You, The Beatles’ Let It Be, Alphaville’s Forever Young, Bob Marley’s No Woman No Cry and Michael Jackson’s Man In the Mirror in hopes that he could demonstrate that many pop tunes share the same chord progression.”
Blurred Lines earned Pharrell and Robin $5 million each. Later, despite originally claiming to have been a creative force behind the song, Robin admitted that he STOLE songwriting credit because he was jealous of Pharrell’s talent.
Robin told jurors that, after writing and producing six albums by himself, “I was jealous and I wanted some of the credit… I tried to take credit for it later because [Williams] wrote the whole thing pretty much by himself and I was envious of that.” Robin also admitted being drunk and high on Vicodin during the recording session.