I called this one a long time ago. Robin Thick first claimed he wrote "Blurred Lines" along with Pharrell Williams. Later he threw Pharrell under the bus by claiming he was too drunk at the time and that Pharrell wrote it all by himself. The fact is the song is almost a carbon copy of Marvin`s song "Got to Give it Up". Thick and Pharrell each made $5 Million from the song. The money the jury awarded Marvin`s children should come right out of their pockets. If there is anything worse than a lip syncer it`s a song thief.
The jury awarded $7.3 million to Gaye's family. His children — ‘Blurred Lines’ Jury Orders Pharrell, Robin Thicke to Pay $7.3 Million to Marvin Gaye Family
Nona, Frankie and Marvin Gaye III — were present in court when the verdict was read.
Nona Gaye wept as the verdict was being read and was hugged by her attorney, Richard Busch.
"Right now, I feel free," Nona Gaye said after the verdict. "Free from ... Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke's chains and what they tried to keep on us and the lies that were told."
The jury reached the decision after hearing nearly a week of testimony about similarities between Blurred Lines — the biggest hit of 2013 — and Gaye's hit.
Thicke and Williams denied copying. Their song earned more than $5 million apiece for each.
Although both are credited as its songwriters, Williams wrote the song in about an hour in 2012, and the pair recorded it in one night, according to the testimony.
The verdict could tarnish the legacy of Williams, a reliable hit-maker who has won Grammy Awards and appears on NBC's music competition show The Voice.
An attorney for Thicke and Williams has said a decision in favor of Gaye's heirs could have a chilling effect on musicians who try to emulate an era or another artist's sound.
Williams told jurors that Gaye's music was part of the soundtrack of his youth, but he denied using any of it to create Blurred Lines.
Ahhhhh. Justice. They can now join the Wall of Infamy with Michael Bolton. Excellent post and outcome Gene.