Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams appeal against Blurred Lines copyright ruling
Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams are appealing the court’s decision that their single Blurred Lines copied Marvin Gaye’s song Got To Give It Up.
Back in March 2015, a judge initially ordered the pair to pay the Marvin Gaye’s family more than $7m USD in damages for copyright infringement.
50% interest was also awarded in royalties from Blurred Lines.
One of the reasons noted for the appeal is that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams lawyers are arguing that the case should never have gone to trial and that the verdict should be overturned, or a new trial ordered.
In the original law suit the Gaye family sued Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for copyright infringement in 2013 after Blurred Lines was released. Their argument was that the song copied parts of Marvin Gaye’s song Got To Give It Up, which breaches copyright infringement.
In the final ruling the judge later cut the amount Pharrell Williams had to pay to $5.3m USD.