Jury Rules Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke Must Pay $7.3 Million to Marvin Gaye’s Family for ‘Blurred Lines’ [Video]
A U.S. District Court jury in Los Angeles ruled Tuesday that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke must pay $7.3 million for the family of the late Marvin Gaye for copyright infringement in their 2013 hit song "Blurred Lines," Variety reported.
Gaye’s family had sued Williams, Thicke and T.I. (whose given name is Clifford Harris, Jr.) over the claim that “Blurred Lines” was a rip-off of Gaye's 1977 song “Got to Give It Up."
Williams and Thicke had argued the 2013 track didn’t borrow from Gaye’s hit. Gaye's family had been seeking $25 million before the lawsuit went to trial before an eight-person jury.
In January, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Gaye's estate settled the lawsuit out of court for an undisclosed amount, The Hollywood Reporter reported.
“Blurred Lines,” which was up for The Grammy Awards' 2013 record of the year, topped the Billboard charts for 10 consecutive weeks.
A Motown artist who was a Grammy Award-winning R&B and soul singer, Gaye died in 1984; he was 44 years old when he was slain.