Robin Thicke and Pharrell have been ordered to pay the family of Marvin Gaye $7.3 million after a jury determined that their hit song “Blurred Lines” represented copyright infringement of Gaye’s 1977 track “Got to Give It Up.” The verdict was handed down on Tuesday after a high-profile trial pitted two contemporary music stars against the late R&B icon.
The eight jurors determined that Thicke and Pharrell should pay $4 million in copyright damages, plus profits. For Thicke, the additional payment was valued at $1.8 million, while Pharrell will owe $1.6 million. The copyright infringement was not found to be “willful,” so neither performer faces additional statutory damages.
Both Thicke and Pharrell had appeared in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles during the proceedings, which happened after Thicke filed a preemptive lawsuit against Gaye’s family, who then filed a countersuit against the “Blurred Lines” team, claiming they’d stolen Gaye’s music. During the trial, Thicke sang and played piano while defending the 2013 smash hit as original.
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