Earlier this year, A federal appeals court on Wednesday let stand a $5.3 million judgment against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for allegedly copying a Marvin Gaye song to create their 2013 smash hit “Blurred Lines.”
Circuit Judge Milan Smith said the jury verdict in favor of Gaye’s family and against Thicke and Williams could stand because there was “not an absolute absence of evidence” of similarity between the two songs.
The court also restored the jury’s finding that Clifford Harris, a rapper known as T.I. who contributed a verse to “Blurred Lines,” should not be liable for infringement, saying the trial judge erred in overturning that verdict.
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The artists behind the 2013 mega hit “Blurred Lines,” must pay the family of the late Marvin Gaye $5 million, multiple outlets report.
The pair was sued for copyright infringement because of the song’s similarities to Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” from 1977, CNN reports. In 2015, a judge ruled Williams, 45, and Thicke, 41, owed Gaye’s estate $7 million, but after they appealed, the judgment — from U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt in California on Monday — was reduced to $4,983,766.85, Billboard reports.
Thicke, Williams and Williams’ publishing company owe $2.9 million combined, plus an additional $1.7 million from Thicke and some $357,631 from Williams and his company. Gaye’s family will also earn 50 percent of “Blurred Lines” royalties in the future.