A jury has awarded Marvin Gaye’s children $7.4 million on Tuesday, after determining that singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied their fathers music to create the hit song “Blurred Lines”. “Right now I feel free”, Gaye’s daughter said outside of court. “Free from Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s chains and what they tried to keep on us and the lies that were told.”
According to testimonies, Pharrell and Robin earned more than $7million a piece on the Grammy nominated song. Back in 2013 Gaye’s children sued the duo. Their lawyers sought Williams and Thicke out to be “liars who went beyond trying to emulate the sound of Gaye’s late 1970s music and copied the R&B legend’s hit Got to Give It Up outright.” Of course the two artists denied all accusations. Thicke told the jurors he didn’t write blurred lines and Williams, who wrote the majority of blurred lines testified that Gaye’s music was part of the soundtrack of his youth, but he didn’t use any of it to create blurred lines.
This decision has questions being raised on whether it could have a big effect on artists who try to emulate an era on another artists sound. Do you believe Pharrel and Robin were paying homage or plain out copying?
Nona Gaye (daughter of Marvin Gaye) leaving court alongside her attorney and Marvin Gaye’s ex wife.