You may recognize Blurred Lines as, oh, one of the most catchy songs ever. The world was captivated by Robin Thicke’s sexy, soulful voice, Pharrell’s all-around charm and T.I.’s personal brand of badassness, so much so that it was difficult to turn on the radio without at least one station blasting that unmistakable beat. It turns out, a jury was not as impressed with the song as we were, as the court has determined it is a straight-up rip-off of Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up”, in turn awarding the Gaye family a pay-out upwards of $7.4 million. It’s time to pay up, boys.
The three stars released the following 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. 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.”
The two-week trial saw several testimonies from the artists, including Thicke’s ex-wife, Paula Patton. Howard King, the musicians’ lawyer, explained to the jury the repercussions of a guilty verdict.
“the wrong decision here will stifle musicians and the record companies that finance them [in signifying] that you cannot honor a genre, a style or a groove.” He added, “This is more important than money. This affects the creativity of young musicians.”