Robin Thicke noticeably ripped off Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up” when he wrote the smash hit “Blurred Lines” with Pharrell Williams and T.I., a Los Angeles jury has decided. He and co-songwriter Pharrell Williams must pay Gaye’s family $7.3 million as part of the ruling, according to Variety. The verdict puts to rest over a year’s worth of legal back and forth between Thicke and Gaye’s estate, in which the latter sought $25 million in damages.
“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,” Williams, Thicke and T.I. said in a joint statement. “‘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.”
A lawyer for the estate of Marvin Gaye tells Rolling Stone that he will try to block all future sales of “Blurred Lines” until an agreement is reached.
Okay Nona, less of the theatrics luv.
Pharrell, Robin and T.I ripped off Marvin Gaye’s work and now they have to pay the price for their actions.
“f**k you pay me!” [Goodfellas]