A Californian jury has decided that Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I.’s Blurred Lines breached the copyright of Marvin Gaye’s Got to Give It Up.
Gaye’s family has been awarded $7.3m in damages, and will be seeking “an injunction prohibiting the further sale and distribution” of the track, according to their lawyer, Richard Busch.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Busch said that the court will be asked for an injunction ”unless and until [they] can reach an agreement… about how future monies that are received will be shared”.
After the ruling, Gaye’s daughter, Nona Gaye, said: “Right now, I feel free. Free from… Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s chains and what they tried to keep on us and the lies that were told.”
Said Williams and Thicke’s lawyer, Howard E King: “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. We are reviewing the decision, considering our options and you will hear more from us soon about this matter.”