Blurred Lines Lawsuit Ends In Judgment Against Thicke & Williams

Blurred Lines: Robin Thicke and Pharrell to pay $5m in copyright case

The ruling, on December 6 by the US District Court for the Central District of California, stated that Thicke, Williams and Williams' publishing company More Water from Nazareth must pay Gaye's family damages of $2.8 million.

In addition, the Gaye family is entitled to receive prejudgment interest on the damages award and respective profits against each of them, which sums up to US$9097.51.

The "Blurred Lines" song-theft saga is finally at an end after the deadline passed for Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke to take the case to US Supreme Court. Not only did Thicke find himself catching fire over the dubious lyrical content, but the song's similarities to Marvin Gaye's "Got To Give It Up" proved too notable to ignore.

Blurred Lines: Robin Thicke and Pharrell to pay $5m in copyright case
Blurred Lines case settled. The damage? $5m

The pair appealed the original verdict of $7.3 million in 2016, however, they have lost their case and will pay a reduced $5 million to Marvin Gaye's family.

A day earlier, Williams acknowledged the singles had a similar "feel", and his lawyer said conflating that as copyright infringement would hold grave consequences for the music industry. Circuit Judge Jacqueline Nguyen, one of three appeal judges, dissented the ruling in stating the songs "differed in melody, harmony and rhythm". To that end the judge who oversaw the original court hearing confirmed on Monday the almost $5 million in damages that must now be handed over. While Thicke was also ordered to pay more than $1.7 million, Williams and his publishing company was ordered to pay $357,631 in separate awards to the Gaye estate.

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