After a year of legal wrangling to determine whether or not Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and T.I. plagiarized Marvin Gaye's 1976 track Got To Give It Up to craft their hit Blurred Lines, the verdict is in: GUILTY!
The duo were found guilty by the jury who deemed the 2013 chart topper went beyond trying to just emulate the sound of R&B legend Gaye's song and out and out copied it. They ordered to the pair to pay $7.3 million to Gaye's children.
“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.”
Pharrell’s spokesman released a statement following the verdict saying;
"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.
Pharrell created Blurred Lines from his heart, mind and soul and the song was 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."
As Popdust previously reported, the controversial Blurred Lines generated a staggering $16,675,690 in profits. Thicke pocketed $5.6 million of that, while producer Pharrell got a little less at $5.1 million.
The pair can obviously afford to pay the $7.3 million between them, but as for the damage done to their reputations? Priceless.