Robin Thicke & Pharrell Williams Found Liable For Copying Marvin Gaye Song For ‘Blurred Lines / Judge Awards $7.3 Million In Damages

Published: Tuesday 10th Mar 2015 by Sam

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Robin Thicke‘s ‘Blurred Lines’ may have been a clear smash, however, the song is proving both controversial and costly for Thicke and the song’s producer Pharrell Williams.

For, moments ago a Los Angeles judge ruled in favour of Marvin Gaye‘s family, who sued the duo for plagiarising the late singer’s #1 hit ‘Got To Give It Up.’

The tea below…

TMZ reports:

[In lieu of the ruling] Robin and the song’s producer Pharrell Wiliams are now on the hook for $7.3 million to Marvin’s family because the jury found they infringed on the Gaye copyright for his 1977 hit.

The jury ruled T.I. — who raps on ‘Blurred’ — was NOT responsible for the copyright infringement.

The win serves as quite the coup for Gaye’s family, who filed lawsuit in 2013 – shortly after the song’s rise to the top of the charts.

Wonder what the fuss is about? Peep this…

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  1. SipTheTruth March 10, 2015

    Robin should have paid out much more than that for not only copying the song but Gaye’s WHOLE style!

    • LB March 10, 2015

      In terms of copying someone’s style, I hear using the term “I was inspired” gets you off the hook.

      • SURPRISE…….(DEC.13) March 10, 2015

        We are just starting to get along boo!!!!! Don’t make me drag you for filth…LOL

      • Tyler March 10, 2015

        Yeah, Rihanna should have tried that when people were dragging for stealing FKA Twiggs identity…ooops I mean “reinventing” herself for the 8th time.

      • TRUTH SERUM March 10, 2015

        I thought you said Iggy would end her career. —> see my comments in the Iggy post. Nicki is here to stay and you and Kim will forever be bothered.

  2. Stephy. March 10, 2015

    Good For Them! Get Money Bitxh!

  3. Blacksista March 10, 2015

    Wow!

  4. The Great Lacefronce. March 10, 2015

    #beyinspired

    • LB March 10, 2015

      SCREAMING!!!!

    • TRUTH SERUM March 10, 2015

      Lmao.. Your such a severe c***. Lmao

    • Skyfall March 10, 2015

      DEATHHHH

  5. NOBITCHASSNESS March 10, 2015

    Oh come on.

    • dc forever March 10, 2015

      Oh cmon? It was the exact same song and Robin admitted it n interviews. That’s why they lost. He went on record as saying it was a MARVIN SONG then changed his story.

  6. AnnaMaeKeatingsNewWig March 10, 2015

    This song has caused so much drama when you think about it!
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    1. Robin was high af on medication when he recorded it
    2. The success of the song got to Robin’s head
    3. This song made him think he was a player
    4. Paula left him as a result of his behaviour
    5. This song cost him 7 million on infringement charges
    6. This song made Miley cyrus attempt to twerk again

    • TRUTH SERUM March 10, 2015

      Paula is somewhere paying that voodoo priestess. This song was a blessing and a curse for Robin.

      • AnnaMaeKeatingNewWig March 10, 2015

        *contacts reverend Wilson and the prayer team to pray for Robin*

  7. LB March 10, 2015

    They should have used Beyonce’s lawyers, I guess the carters don’t like to share.

    Oh well, even though Blow may or may not be original, Pharrell knows he is protected there. I mean Future’s version of Drunk in love was squashed before that hit the press.

    Better luck next time Robin.

    • lmao March 10, 2015

      Ain’t nothing to be squashed in the first place, you dummy. Detail, the producer of the song, shopped the track around, and the better artist took it and turned it into a grammy winning hit. Stay mad, though.
      It’s literally 18yrs now, y’all want yoncé to fail so bad but she keeps her foot on ya necks. Let go of the hurt.

      • damita March 10, 2015

        #PREACH

      • DD1G March 10, 2015

        Damn LB. You need to pick your face up off the floor right now because you just got knocked the f out worse than your girl did that night in the car…

  8. Sherry March 10, 2015

    Duh! Marvin was the first thing I thought of upon hearing the song!

    • Stephy. March 10, 2015

      Love You Sherry

      • Sherry March 10, 2015

        I love you more Stephy pooh<3

    • TRUTH SERUM March 10, 2015

      Ok! Lmao

  9. Kemar (@S_C_Jr on Twitter) March 10, 2015

    Good! You can’t go around copying people’s songs + thinking you’re gonna get away with it. I hated Robin/Pharrell’s version anyway. Copyrights are so interesting to me. I can’t wait to go to law school.

  10. Mark111 March 10, 2015

    It wasn’t sampled, but it did sound a like. I was on Thickie’s side until he later said that he was never inspired by Gaye when there are interviews of him saying repeated that he was. I remember Jermaine Jackson telling the family to not let lawyers bost their heads, because the songs are not the same. And I’ll say that’s why you’re the Kelly Rowland of the Jackson family.

  11. Casual-T March 10, 2015

    This is BS and a really slippery slope. I don’t think this will hold up on appeal. You can successfully sue somebody for directly copying too many bars of a melody, and you can successfully sue for sampling. You canNOT sue for swaggerjacking somebody’s style. Pharrell used the same base guitar (not the same bass line) and the same percussion instruments (not the same beat patterns). He meant to make the song reminiscent of Got to Give it Up and succeeded, but he did NOT do anything to violate the copyright on GTGIU or to warrant royalties to Marvin Gaye’s estate.

  12. metzo March 10, 2015

    This is ridiculous. The beats are similar but they’re obviously not the same!

  13. Eldela March 10, 2015

    Stupid ruling. You can’t sue because a song REMINDS you of another. That’s not copyright infringement. Robin and Pharrell obviously swagger jacked Marvins song, but nothing was actually taken from it.

  14. Cough Cough March 10, 2015

    Anyone who know “got to give it up” knew that “blurred lines” was a rip off from the very first listen. I didn’t need a comparison video or a lawsuit. He ripped off the beat and it is what it is. Pay up

  15. rihanna used up w**** March 10, 2015

    Sam,

    Can you post Rita’s good new that will make rihanna and the haters mad. Home is projected to flop and Rita IS NOW THE FACE OF COKA COLA

  16. Alex March 10, 2015

    But people come for the Queen and she never lost a case??? #Staymad #Beyhiveaintgoin

    • AnnaMaeKeatingNewWig March 10, 2015

      Bey is legit, she has Annalise as a Lawyer and Annalise NEVER loses a case!

    • Skyfall March 10, 2015

      Bey handles OUTSIDE of Court.

      • Tyler March 10, 2015

        You dont know that….

      • FutureCIARA March 11, 2015

        SCREAMING!
        #FACTS

  17. #NoStan March 10, 2015

    Maybe that will wipe that smug look off his face LOL

  18. girlbye March 10, 2015

    I mean didnt beyonce get sued by desree and lost??

  19. @rihicon March 10, 2015

    robins life has been terrible recently

  20. hives scared of R8 March 10, 2015

    The kiiii of the century.What the fu k did they think would happen???Stealing from a legend. Good for the family.I remember mc hamburger tried to steal supa freak from Rick James and got clocked “pay me bi tch”!!

  21. african music lover March 11, 2015

    They should hv hired beyonce and Jay Z’s lawyer..Robin’s life has benn a mess lately..poor thing

  22. mar March 11, 2015

    Anybody who has heard Got To Give It Up at least ONCE should come to the conclusion that this was a SAMPLE. All this talk about its in the same style, b*******. Tho the lyrics may not be the same the exact blueprint of the song was used and stolen and for them to think that they would be able to get away with this, especially when so many artist have re recorded the song making it recognizable far beyond Marvin Gaye’s version was a dumb idea.

  23. AJ March 11, 2015

    The sad thing about this is that Robin is actually pretty innocent… He said he didn’t really write the song, Pharrell did and when it took off he asked for a writing credit. The only reason Robin is coughing up is because he earned $5m from the song. A technicality that quite rightly means he has to cough up because he new found international success stemmed from the success of blurred lines. Pharrell has a lot to answer for. I’m glad they were found guilty of what was effectively unauthorised sampling.

  24. FutureCIARA March 11, 2015

    I love when thieves get caught, LEGALLY. Pharell knows music, and he knew what he did was wrong. Time to pay up, And if you ask me Marvin Gaye’s family was being generous by ONLY asking for such a small amount. They could have gotten a double digit figure.

  25. FutureCIARA March 11, 2015

    They should have just settled out of court, like Beyonce always does

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