The family of soul singer Marvin Gaye has been awarded $7.4 million by a jury, over copyright infringement of the hit song “Blurred Lines”.
Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke had a hit song with Blurred lines last year. Careful listeners immediately spotted the resemblance with Marvin Gaye’s sons “Got To Give It Up”. Gaye’s family alleged that Pharrell and Thicke’s song “Blurred Lines” infringed Gaye’s intellectual property rights.
Although many have viewed the trial as a comparison of the two songs, most testimony during the trial centered around the similarities between certain chords and notes contained in the two songs.
Experts have testified during the court proceedings that there were at least eight distinct elements from “Got to Give it Up” contained in the song “Blurred Lines.” Part of the revenue of the song “Blurred Lines” has to be paid to the Gaye Estate.
Pharrell and Thicke have not stated whether they plan to appeal the copyright infringement ruling.