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Judgment Against “Blurred Lines” Artists Upheld In Favor of Marvin Gaye’s Family

March 21, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

A federal appeals court has upheld a judgment against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams on behalf of Marvin Gaye’s family over “Blurred Lines.” Reuters reports that the court upheld a $5.3 million judgment against Thicke and Pharrell over allegations that the 2013 hit was a “stylistic copy” of Thicke’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.”

According to the site, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled by a 2-1 vote that Gaye’s song deserved “broad” copyright protection and thus the judgment could be upheld. The suit was originally brought by Gaye’s three children, and the court said that the jury verdict could stand because there was “not an absolute absence of evidence” of similarity between the songs.

Also upheld by the decision was a 50% stake in future royalties for “Blurred Lines,” which will go to the Gayes. The original judgment was for $7.4 million before U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt reduced it to the $5.3 million amount, but added royalties. The appeals court restored the decision thrown out by Kronstadt that T.I. and Interscope Records should not be held liable.

The dissenting judge in the case said that it allowed the Gayes to “accomplish what no one has before: copyright a musical style,” and inappropriately expanded the potential for future copyright lawsuits.