‘Get Her Back’ beau Robin Thicke seems to take two steps back for every step he takes forward regarding the highly publicized case surrounding his career-defining hit ‘Blurred Lines.’
As fans know, he – alongside ‘Lines’ co-stars Pharrell Williams, T.I., and their label Universal Music – were sued by the family of late Motown legend Marvin Gaye for the song’s similarity to his 1977 hit ‘Got To Give It Up.’ The result? A whopping $7.4 million dollar decision in favor of the family.
In response to the unfavorable verdict, Williams was hung out to dry as Thicke, Universal Music, and T.I. tried to downplay their involvement in the song’s creation – despite all receiving royalties. Much to the singer and his label’s dismay, only T.I. was able to successfully escape the copyright infringement claim…initially.
The week week brought with it fresh updates surrounding the case that will give the song’s producer, ‘Happy’ hitmaker Williams, a new reason to smile. T.I. and Universal Music, on the other hand, probably won’t be.
Updates on ‘Blurred Lines’ case (source):
- $7.4 million payout decreased to $5.3 million
- In exchange the family will get 50% of the song’s future earnings and royalties
- Judge John A. Kronstadt rejected family’s request to block sales and performances of the song
- Judge Kronstadt also rejected motion for new trial
- Lastly, Judge Kronstadt concluded that both T.I. and Universal Music should be held liable for their involvement in the song’s creation and promotion
While the lawyer for the family is “reviewing the legality of the court’s decision to cut the damages award,” Williams & Thicke’s rep – Attorney Howard King – has vowed the “fight is far from over.”