A federal appeals court has upheld a $5.3 million judgment against Robin Thicke and producer Pharrell Williams for plagiarizing a Marvin Gaye classic to create their 2013 hit, “Blurred Lines.”
The original 2015 verdict found Thicke and Williams guilty of unrightfully using Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” to create the summer anthem. The pair soon filed to appeal the judgment, which has just come back, once again, in favor of the Gaye family, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Gaye’s 1977 party-starter deserved “broad” copyright protection, allowing the verdict to stand because there was “not an absolute absence of evidence” of similarities between the two tracks.
Compare the two songs below.
In addition to the $5.3 million judgment, Reuters reports that Gaye’s estate will receive 50 percent of future royalties from “Blurred Lines.” Featured artist T.I. was not found liable.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.