Robin Thicke and Pharrell lose their "Blurred Lines" case, must pay $7.4 million.
Things just got a whole lot blurry for Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams. After two weeks in U.S. District Court, eight jurors reached a verdict in the two's “Blurred Lines” copyright case, determining that Robin and Pharrell infringed on Marvin Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up,” and must pay nearly $7.4 million.
The jury awarded the Gaye family $4 million in damages, with profits of more than $1.6 million coming from Skateboard P, and more than $1.76 million from Robin Thicke.
Shortly after the verdict was announced, Robin and Skateboard P released a joint statement:
“While we respect the judicial process, we are extremely disappointed in the ruling made today, which sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity going forward,” said Williams, Thicke, and T.I. “‘Blurred Lines’ was created from the heart and minds of Pharrell, Robin, and T.I. and not taken from anyone or anywhere else. We are reviewing the decision, considering our options and you will hear more from us soon about this matter.”