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'Blurred Lines' legal saga continues: Gaye family wants T.I. held liable, too

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The “Blurred Lines” trial may have reached its verdict—wherein Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke were ordered to pay Marvin Gaye’s children $7.3 million—but the fight isn’t over. 

As Thicke and Williams’ lawyer warned, the artists have filed paperwork declaring the jury’s verdict “inconsistent,” in the hopes of getting another trial.

And on the other side of the fence, the Gaye family attorneys have filed a new motion seeking for rapper T.I. (who also appeared on “Blurred Lines”) and the record label to be held liable for copyright infringement alongside Thicke, Williams and Williams’ publishing company. The motion reads:

“The jury found that the song ‘Blurred Lines’ infringes upon the musical copyright ‘Got to Give it Up’ but imposed liability only on Plaintiffs Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and Williams’ publishing entity, More Water From Nazareth Publishing, Inc. As a matter of law, all members of the distribution chain are liable for copyright infringement, including co-writer of the song ‘Blurred Lines,’ Clifford Harris, Jr. [also known as T.I.] and the Interscope Parties, who manufactured, licensed, distributed, and sold the infringing song, both as a single and as part of the album Blurred Lines.”

Last week, we reported that the Gaye family also wants to halt all sales of “Blurred Lines” until the parties can reach an agreement about how to split future profits.