Howard E. King, the attorney who represented Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams in the recent “Blurred Lines” copyright infringement case, told FOX Business Network that he would be appealing the verdict handed down by the jury on Tuesday.
Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were ordered to pay $7.3 million to Marvin Gaye’s family for copyright infringement. But according to King, the family won’t see any of that money if does his job correctly.
“We owe it to song writers around the world to make sure this verdict doesn’t stand,” King told FOX Business News. “My clients know that they wrote the song ‘Blurred Lines’ from their hearts and souls and no other source. We are going to exercise every post trial remedy we have to make sure this verdict does not stand. We look at it as being in the seventh inning of a game that could go into extra innings.”
Gaye’s family alleged that Williams and Thicke’s 2013 hit was copying Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.” They sued the two singers as well as rapper T.I., who also appeared on the song, seeking over $25 million. “Blurred Lines” has made almost $16.5 million since its initial release.
King also addressed whether he believed Pharrell’s song “Happy” would be the target of a lawsuit.
“Pharrell has readily admitted that Marvin Gaye is one of his idols, but it’s silk and rayon,” King said. “If this is the way the law is going to go, then the creator of rayon better look behind him for lawsuits from the owners of silk, because, even though they feel the same they are structurally, completely different just like these songs.”