It looks like Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke now “Got to Give it Up” to the tune of $7.3 million to Marvin Gaye’s family. A Los Angeles jury found that the duo did in fact infringe on Gaye’s copyright with their 2013 hit “Blurred Lines.”
In an interview with HipHollywood which was shown in court, Pharrell admitted that he was “inspired” by Marvin and his 1971 hit record.
“What I tried to do was I tried to take the feeling that “Got To Give It Up” gave me. But I also tried to blend in Southern White Baptist harmonies on the chorus, and then sex is always a good element to inject in anything,” he said.
Williams remained adamant in court that “Blurred Lines” has the “feel” of “Got to Give it Up,” but pointed out that “feel” does not necessarily equal “infringement.” Following the ruling, his lawyers issued a statement expressing his disappointment in the verdict.
“While we respect the judicial process, we are extremely disappointed in the ruling made today, which sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity going forward. Pharrell created ‘Blurred Lines’ from his heart, mind and soul and the song was not taken from anyone or anywhere else. We are reviewing the decision, considering our options and you will hear more from us soon about this matter.”
The family originally sought $25 million in alleged damages, though the song reportedly made $16,675,690 in profits – the biggest hit of 2013. According to court documents, $5,658,214 went to Thicke, $5,153,457 to Williams, and $704,774 to T.I.