“Blurred Lines” Jury Lays it on Thicke (and Pharrell)

The Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports that “[a] federal jury in Los Angeles on Tuesday ordered singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams to pay about $7.4 million to the family of Marvin Gaye, after finding the duo’s 2013 hit song ‘Blurred Lines’ copied parts of Mr. Gaye’s ‘Got to Give it Up.’”  The size of the $7.4 million verdict is reported to have sent shockwaves throughout the music industry, despite being substantially less than the more than $25 million sought by Gaye’s three children.  Gaye’s children are also seeking an injunction to stop further distribution of the song “Blurred Lines.”  Thicke and Williams have not indicated whether they plan to appeal.  Read the full article here.  Reposted from The Wall Street Journal Law Blog.

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By Melissa Rose (Flickr: IMG_6563) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.