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Robin Thicke & Pharrell Williams Lose 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

Robin Thicke & Pharrell Williams Lose 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have lost the “Blurred Lines” lawsuit filed by the estate of Marvin Gaye and they have been ordered to pay $7.3 million to the late singer’s family.

The family argued that the smash hit song copied Marvin’s 1977 song “Got To Give Up” and they sued the guys for copyright infringement.

It was revealed during the trial that sales for the song exceeded $16 million, with Robin and Pharrell taking home more than $5 million each and their collaborator T.I. earning more than $700,000.

Interviews were shown during the trial in which both guys said they were inspired by Marvin‘s song while producing their track, but Robin stated he was high on vodka and Vicodin during the interviews. Pharrell said he only realized the similarities after “Blurred Lines” was already released.

Ultimately, the eight person jury ruled in favor of the Gaye family.

UPDATE: A rep for Pharrell has released a statement on the verdict.

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  • Alina

    Maybe to a non musician this sounds kind of similar, but this is barely even the same vibe let alone song. The cowbell has a completely different rhythm in blurred lines than got to give it up. It’s the fact it’s played at a similar tempo and the down beat is on the 2nd 1/4 note rather than 3rd as most 4/4 songs are written which gives it a double time feel. And The singing styles are so completely different it’s not even funny. 

    That jury is dumb.

  • kellyf

    Sorry Robin, better luck on your next song about rape.

  • Jay

    Pharrell admitted to doing pretty much all of the writing.

  • Jay

    ‘The biggest hit of my career was written by somebody else, and I was jealous and wanted credit.’ – Mr. Thicke testified.

  • Tony Kahtz

    Pharrell knew he plagiarized Marvin Gaye’s song. He also plagiarized a Chic song from the 1970′s, but he had enough sense to let Niles Rogers (of Chic) play guitar on ‘Get Lucky’. What is outrageous is how he gets awards and recognition for stealing other peoples work. The song ‘Happy’ also sounds overly familar. I think he may have stole that from a 1960′s song.

  • Casey C

    GOOD! this song is hateful and vile, as is THicke and anything that hurts them over this s*%$ it all good with me

  • Janni49

    My feeling too. I listed to both songs and they’re not alike at all. I don’t get it. Big mistake by the jury. I would appeal if I were them.

  • Janni49

    I listened to both songs lol

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  • Rainbow3000

    Marvin Gaye died a longgg time ago. Obviously family of Gay wanted more money because breadwinner is here no longer so they had to milk the dead cow as much as possible. No disrespect to Marvin, I think he’s a great musician but his family obviously just want to get Thicke and Pharell’s money. If this were some nobody who use the same kinda music as marvin, they wont even give a shit.

  • Devil Child

    Oh sweet JUSTICE.

  • Wanderersmind

    Maybe they were just protecting Gaye’s legacy and protecting his work?!

  • fashioni8

    Egomaniac designer Marc Jacobs told Pharell to steal that song. Jacobs is the manipulator of the century. He wants to control the entire media. He’s been stealing the ideas of young designer named Angel Barta for 7 years,.Read more at

  • lucy__luz

    okay robin…start collecting the money u gave to your mistressesssss! LOLS! .. it’s payback time ..yeah? karma…yeah? peace! lols!

  • Autumn Red

    What if someone did the same to your late father or mother and claimed it was their originality? You wouldn’t be pissed?

    This is why music is so crappy now. No one wants to do anything original.

  • Маргарита Бабовникова

    And illuminati rules the world.

  • Маргарита Бабовникова

    I read the court the most times simply took side of older song.

    Shame, real shame on greedy family.

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