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  • Jury Rules "Blurred Lines" Copies Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up"

    Wed, 11 Mar 2015 09:02:01

    Jury Rules "Blurred Lines" Copies Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" - Ouch!

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    Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. preemptively sued the family of late singer Marvin Gaye over whether or not their smash "Blurred Lines," which earned Thicke and Williams over five million a piece, committed copyright infringement of Gaye's 1977 hit song, "Got to Give it Up." Gaye's family counter-sued. The Family Gaye won.

    A jury of eight unanimously decided that Thicke and Williams had infringed on the 1977 track.

    The family was awarded $7.3 million.

    Thicke and Williams denied that they copied the song, which was the biggest of 2013 and reportedly earned over $16 million.

    Thicke, Williams and Tip issued this statement after the ruling: "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."

    Listen to the mashup below and see if you think the songs are super similar.



    Do you agree with this ruling? Do you think "Blurred Lines" copies "Got to Give It Up?"

    —Amy Sciarretto
    03.11.15



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