Pharell and Robin Thicke lost their appeal in the “Blurred Lines” case.
I’m sure you recall Pharell and Robin Thicke’s 2013 smash hit, Blurred Lines, but today the song brings anger to the duo rather than happiness.
According to Hypebeast, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals went in favor of Marvin Gaye’s estate saying that Blurred Lines, was too similar to Gaye’s 1977 song, ‘Got To Give It Up.”
This means that the Gaye estate is to receive 50% of all royalties from the song from now until forever.
Pharell and Thicke issues a joint statement on the matter:
“While we respect the judicial process, we are extremely disappointed in the ruling made today, which sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity going forward. “Blurred Lines” was created from the heart and minds of Pharell, Robin and T.I. and not taken from anyone or anywhere else. We are reviewing the decision, considering our options and you will hear more from us soon about this matter.”
Marvin Gaye’s ex-wife, Jan Gaye, also issued a statement:
“This is wonderful recognition of Marvin’s creativity and the lasting value of one of his greatest songs. Pharell and Robin should have done the right thing by licensing Marvin’s composition and crediting him. This is a victory for the rights of all musicians.”
What do you think about all this? Did the court make the right ruling?
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