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Friday, July 17, 2015

Blurred Lines: Marvin Gaye Heirs Get Less Than Expected in Lawsuit






On Tuesday, a judge cut the copyright infringement verdict by $2 million against recording stars Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over their 2013 hit “Blurred Lines,” but offered Marvin Gaye’s heirs a 50 percent royalty on future earnings from the song.

A federal jury in Los Angeles had sided with Gaye’s estate in March, finding that parts of his 1977 hit “Got to Give it Up” were copied by Thicke and Williams for their R&B chart-topper. The jury awarded $7.4 million in damages and profits.

Although T.I. was cleared of any involvement, some fee like he is just as liable since he was a contributor to the song.

The suit cited magazine interviews given by Thicke in which he admitted drawing on Gaye’s song when recording his own song. Thicke said later in sworn statements he was high on painkillers and alcohol when “Blurred Lines” became a hit and that he exaggerated his contribution to writing the song.

Marvin Gaye, was fatally shot by his father in 1984 at age 44.




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