Blurred Lines trial: Robin Thicke, Pharrell file appeal
The artists were mandated to pay over $5M due to copyright infringement.
Back in March, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Wiliams were ordered to pay Marvin Gaye’s family $7.3 million for copyright infringement when a California judge determined “Blurred Lines” copied aspects of Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up.”
At the time, Thicke and Williams told EW in a joint statement they were “reviewing the decision, considering our options, and you will hear more from us soon about this matter.” And the day following the decision, their lawyers announced Thick and Williams would be appealing the verdict.
Though California judge John A. Kronstadt reduced the amount Thicke and Williams owed to $5.3 million in July, they filed an appeal Monday with the Central District of California, Western Division court. This follows a Dec. 2 official submission of the judgment. Thicke had first asked the judge for a brand new trial over the summer, but that motion was denied in favor of lessening the monetary repercussions.
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The singer told the New York Times he hopes the trial “comes out a different way for Pharrell and me” the next time around. “I’m constantly inspired, but I would never steal,” Thicke assured the Times in July. “And neither would Pharrell.”
The Voice coach initially confirmed there was “no infringement” when it came to crafting the 2013 hit, and warned the decision would negatively affect creativity.
“The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else,” Pharrell told the Financial Times following the initial verdict. “This applies to fashion, music, design … anything. If we lose our freedom to be inspired we’re going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as we know it will be frozen in litigation.”