No blurred lines here: Robin Thicke and Pharrell found themselves on the losing side of their copyright infringement lawsuit brought by the family of Marvin Gaye.
The songwriters were ordered by the judge to pay $7.3 million to the late singer’s family after it was determined that “Blurred Lines” hewed a little too closely to Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up,” according to USA Today.
“Right now, I feel free,” Marvin’s daughter, Nona Gaye, said after the verdict (via USA Today). “Free from… Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s chains and what they tried to keep on us and the lies that were told.”
Pharrell released his own statement to USA Today, stating that they’re considering their options and that the ruling “sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity moving forward.”
While Nona seemed pleased with the verdict, the family’s lawyer, Richard Busch, tells “Rolling Stone” that they’re planning to ask for an injunction to stop any sales of “Blurred Lines,” unless they’re able to determine “how future monies that are received will be shared.”
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Troy Frisby is a pop culture writer who is obsessed with anything even remotely related to TV (anything with a script), pop music (anything with a beat) and Rose McGowan (no exceptions).