Pharrell & Robin Thicke Ordered To ‘Give It Up’ To Marvin Gaye Estate
There are “blurred lines” in regards to the adage that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” A court has now found that Robin Thicke, Pharrell and T.I.’s 2013 hit “Blurred Lines” was too closely related to the 1977 Disco hit “Got To Give It Up,” by Marvin Gaye.
Per Variety, a jury has ruled in the favor of Gaye’s family. The Motown/Tamla Records superstar’s estate accused Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and Clifford Smith of “copying” the 38 year-old two-part hit. In the judgement, $7.3 million has been awarded to the Gayes, who initially sought out $25 million in damages. The song, a 10 week consecutive #1 hit and Grammy nominee for “Song Of The Year,” has made $16.5 million since its release.
“Right now, I feel free,” Marvin Gaye’s daughter, 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.”
Next up, the Gayes and their legal reportedly seek to have “Blurred Lines” banned from sale.
What do you think Marvin would say about this suit?