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Pharrell Williams' Rep Releases Statement on 'Blurred Lines' Verdict

Pharrell Williams' Rep Releases Statement on 'Blurred Lines' Verdict

A representative for Pharrell Williams is speaking out after he and Robin Thicke lost a lawsuit filed by Marvin Gaye‘s family for copyright infringement.

The family said that “Blurred Lines” infringed upon the late singer’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up” and now the artists must pay Gaye‘s family $7.3 million.

“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,” a spokesperson for Pharrell told Rolling Stone. “Pharrell created ‘Blurred Lines’ from his heart, mind and soul and the song was 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.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK about the ruling in the “Blurred Lines” lawsuit?

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  • H8tersg0nnah8

    I believe the Gaye family is very greedy, but this statement about “horrible precedent for music and CREATIVITY” is sooo dumb… Creativity means and equals ORIGINALITY and the second I heard Blurred lines for the very first time i heard “Got to Give it Up by Marvin Gaye

  • Sherry

    If you listen to both songs they are exactly alike especially the melody and Pharrell’s own testimony proves that the song “Blurred Lines” was inspired by Marvin Gaye. I’m personally happy for Gaye family as this kind of unethical behavior is becoming commonplace i e Sam Smith copying Petty’s song. I listened to both same scenario exact same song.

  • Ugonna Wosu

    inspired doesn’t mean copying. I don’t think he intentionally copied Gaye, just veered too close and didn’t realize it. He should have ended it like Sam did and paid the family either way.

  • fromanotherplanet

    Shut up and pay.

  • Sherry

    Have u listened to both songs? Pharrell and Robin copied it period. It was intentional.

  • Ugonna Wosu

    I did just listen to Gaye’s version. I still think its possible for a beat to end up being too close,etc. unintentionally, while reaching to simply emulate a sound. But they should have caught it on time and made the changes. Original music isn’t always easy to make, even with the most talented of us.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    And don’t you just love it when **career musicians** pretend they never, ever heard these **iconic** songs before that they’re accused of stealing from?? Iconic songs that have been DRILLED into the consciousness of North American and European pop culture for more than 50, 60, 70 years!

    Everyone knows that career artists are notorious geeks for the respective fields that they love. I don’t believe for a second that Sam didn’t know the Petty song or that Pharrell didn’t write his song with the Gaye track in mind.

    I grew up in the 80s in rural Georgia and even I know these iconic songs! Because I was a total music nerd! ALL kinds of music! And I’m not a career musician.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Yes, try to imagine all these **career musical artists** assembled to put this track together, and then when it gets to the finish line, NO ONE said “Yo, doesn’t this beat sound like … you know, MARVIN GAYE? Hey, Joe (Mike, Jimmy, Fred, Susan), do YOU think this sounds like Marvin Gaye? It does, doesn’t it?? Pharell, bro, this shit is TOTALLY sounding like Marvin Gaye!”

  • Sherry

    Very good comment.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Greed?

    Marvin Gaye isn’t alive to defend himself and protect the integrity of his music. His family has to do that for him. They’re protecting the work of an icon and a great American legend. That’s not greed.

  • Cindy Levine

    Blurred line is one of the most popular songs of 2013. Pharrell Williams is an renown artist, producer and fashion designer etc… I don’t think he needs to copy anyones song! I hope Pharrell and Robin fight this.

  • Jay

    To be fair Sam didn’t write the song or the melody. He just sang it, so he might have genuinely not have known. Pharrell though was both the writer and producer so…

  • tahoegeminii

    it’s copyright infringement-poptard hacks constantly take 70′s and 80′s tunes and just remix them then expect to call it “their original” but if their version got copied off the Pirate Bay they would be shittinggg themselves and screaming theft-so GOOD about time the original artists got their cut on this kind of poptard theft-besides these 2 idiots can only copy someone else just like Miley

  • mouth

    Marvin Gaye has been dead for 25 years. Nothing was taken from him. His family are a bunch of sleazy losers, his own father murdered him.

  • mouth

    He is dead beacuse a family member shot him on his birthday.

  • b324

    Imma gonna guess Penny Dreadful knows that.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    I’m well aware of it.

  • millerz

    Sam did write the song, and Tom Petty is now credited as a writer because of the law suit. I Just laugh at these law suits unless someone takes the exact words or the exact music to me, how are we ever going to create new art and new music when we are all inspired by people of the past????

    I truly don’t think they were ripping off either song, Pharell or Sam Smith. Theres no hope for new music if you can’t use cowbells or bass in an upbeat song without it being a Marvin Gaye rip off.

    I see the similarities in the opening of the songs, just the set up and logistics of it. BUT the Sam Smith & Tom Petty thing is SUCH a joke to me. It’ll never make sense to me and I know both songs so well.

  • jayaston

    So why does Sam Smith have a song-writing credit for the track then? .And the account he gave to the NME suggests that he was responsible for the melody, with his writing partners providing the piano chords and drum pattern.

  • Wayne Marriott

    wonder how many other artists who have sung their own versions of songs will now get a lawsuit pending

  • shoes4life

    Marvin’s dad shot and killed him, not his children. That has nothing to do with the estate of Marvin Gaye which is his legacy to his children. The children are not greedy by protecting the integrity of their fathers music legacy.If Robin & Pharrell want to sample an older songs beats, rip, or lines they need to get permission. They are very aware of this because if someone did this to them they would be suing as well.

  • shoes4life

    The Marvin Gaye estate has every right to sue for sampling a song that the artist did not receive permission from to do so. That song is totally a rip off and it can not be denied. Pharrell knew this and probably thought they could get away with it. If the shoe was on the other foot he would be suing the artist as well for stealing his beats without his permission and he would expect royalty payments.

  • Autumn Red

    This isn’t the first time Pharrell’s been to court over something like this, so I’m not surprised.

    Today’s “musicians” copy older music because they count on the ignorance of the generation buying their music. Look at all of the comments defending Pharrell- the Gaye family is greedy. Oh really? So, you know them personally? You don’t think that they would just want to protect their father’s legacy from being savaged by ringtone enthusiasts?

  • Wayne Marriott

    Integrity?

    His family are using his name to get money , i don`t agree with stealing in any shape or form but don`t say its about Integrity, if no money would have been gained by this , no court case would have happened and none of this would have come about

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    A court ruled there was theft. What do YOU think someone should do when their property — or property they’re overseeing on behalf of someone else — is stolen?

    Money is called a “reward” in legal jargon … for a reason.

  • Wayne Marriott

    Fair enough, but its the reward that the case was worth fighting about or this would not have happened, example someone stole my bike, guess what i got no money

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Your argument is not holding up here, but you are desperately trying to push it, and the result is mind-boggling. I really don’t get why you have such an emotional investment in what the Gaye family does.

    *shrugs*

  • Jay

    No, the two writers released a statement. They apologised and claimed it was unintentional . He has never claimed to have written the song.

  • jayaston

    So why is Sam Smith’s name on the credits?

    And he wouldn’t have told the NME that ‘the song
    just flowed out of us so naturally’ if had played no part in writing it.

  • waynedfire

    Argument? I merely stated that this wasn`t done for the sole purpose of Integrity, i don`t see how that makes me emotionally attached to anyone, Im not the one trying defend them saying it was all done in Integrity and honour, also I agree what Mr Williams did was wrong even though the sound is very similar and the lyrics are totally different.

    Before you type the whole he sampled the track and blatantly copied it , well everyday i listen to music , am i sampling it too, i think i am as are many others , how many tracks in the last 20 years came about from other songs of younger generations.

  • http://notonly.ru/ Маргарита Бабовникова

    There is nothing original since Ancient Greece.

  • http://notonly.ru/ Маргарита Бабовникова

    USA copyright law don’t let you sing the song in shower.

  • http://notonly.ru/ Маргарита Бабовникова

    America is so sad country.
    USA should go down in flames with all the greediness of empty people, who take millions of money for song they don’t wrote from extremely talented composer (Pharrell).

  • Jay

    Yes, the singers name is usually in the credits, but nowadays it’s understood that they merely tweak the song. Nowadays ‘musicians’ don’t write songs, they pick songs.
    Thicke’s name is on the credits, but as he had to admit in his deposition he had very little involvement in the creation of the song.

  • du365

    Look who talking, STFU!!!

  • jayaston

    Yes, I know that Thicke has said that he wasn’t involved in the songwriting for Blurred Lines, in spite of being credited, but I haven’t seen anything to suggest that that was also the case with Sam Smith’s Stay With Me, which is what you stated.

  • jayaston

    Interesting. Which other song has Pharrell been sued over?

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