After battling in the courtroom for over five years a federal judge in California came with the final verdict in the case of 2013 smash hit Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams. According to the judge, Blurred Lines sounds too much like Marvin Gaye’s Got to give it up, resulting in plagiarism.
Thicke and Williams are legally required to pay close to five million dollars to the Gaye family, who sued the duo soon after the song’s release back in 2013. The family are also entitled to 50% of the songwriting and publishing revenue. Other than the five million dollars, Thicke and Williams also have to come up with about $10.000 in interest.
Five million is an incredible amount of money, but the verdict came as no surprise: back in 2015 a jury ruled in favor of the Gayes, resulting in a 7.3 million dollar compensation plus 50% of the songwriting and publishing revenue. After Thicke and Williams appealed this ruling, the California federal judge awarded the Gaye family with the amount mentioned above.
What do you think, did Thicke and Williams copy Marvin Gaye? Check out the video to hear the similarities.