Black Entertainment : ROBIN THICKE & FARRELL MUST PAY GAYE'S FAMILY

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  1. Kemetstry

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    ‘Blurred Lines’ Jury Orders Pharrell, Robin Thicke to Pay $7.3 Million to Marvin Gaye Family

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    March 10, 2015 | 02:32PM PT
    Alex Stedman
    News Editor, Variety.com@a_sted
    In a landmark decision for the songwriting industry, a jury in Los Angeles has ordered “Blurred Lines” songwriters Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams to pay $7.3 million to the family of Marvin Gaye for copyright infringement.
    Gaye’s family had argued that the 2013 smash hit “Blurred Lines” copied their father’s 1977 song “Got to Give Up” in the high-profile case, and sued Thicke, Williams and Clifford Harris Jr., a.k.a. T.I. The three had sought a jury determination that the song was not an infringement, and the Gaye family filed a counter-suit.
    “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.”
    “Blurred Lines,” nominated for Record of the Year in 2013, was no. 1 on the Billboard single charts for a record 10 consecutive weeks. Since it was released, “Blurred Lines” has made nearly $16.5 million, with Williams and Thicke raking in over $5 million each. Overall, the family sought more than $25 million in damages. Gaye died in 1984.
    Both Thicke and Williams appeared in court the past week to defend their case, with much of the trial featuring comparisons to both songs. Listening to the juxtaposed bass lines of the two songs in question, Williams even admitted the similarities, saying “It sounds like you’re playing the same thing.”
    Still, while testifying last week, Williams said the two songs share “feel — not infringement.”
    The testimony was perhaps most notable for the presence of Thicke, who sang and played the piano as he defended the work as original and said he was intoxicated when he gave media interviews in which he talked about Gaye’s influence on the works. He also said that he was mistaken when he claimed credit for writing part of the song.
    The eight-person jury closed its full day of closed-door deliberations on Friday after hearing a week of testimony, with court resuming on Tuesday.
    Ted Johnson contributed to this report.




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    That was an easy one!
     
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    I don't get why they denied it





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    Apparently, they had $$$MILLIONS$$$ of reasons!
     
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    You mean to tell me they didn't give Marvin Gaye credit on the song?

    Still, while testifying last week, Williams said the two songs share “feel — not infringement.”
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    Seriously?





    Didn't even realize this was in debate or in question.
    Should have received 10 million and 85 percent of any remaining royalties that are accrued.

    Makes me wonder if Miguel did his Marvin redux of "Adorn" (Sexual Healing) with the blessing of the Gaye family
     
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    DJs played them side by side, there was more than a feel. lol





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    good, now if we could just get the judge to ban Pharell and robin Thicke from recording any more songs period,we may achieve harmony in the US!
     
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    They say the family is also looking into Pharrell's hit song HAPPY
     
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    What I don't get is why sooooooooo many people are upset over them having to pay...

    It's not like fans of Pharrell and Robin have to pay out of their own pockets. Everyone should get over it.

    Overall, it seems to be split on people thinking they actually plagiarized Gaye. A lot in the older crowd have said as soon as they heard "Blurred Lines" they immediately thought it was inspired/sampled from "Got to Give it Up".

    A lot of aspiring artists, on the other hand, say they're only similar in style, and that this opens a can of worms for anything sounding similar to old skool music to be ripped to shreds by the courts.

    I'm just like, whatever.
     
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    They do have to pay out of their own pockets, because they both benefitted from the claim they wrote it.

    There is no split. Only their most ardent fans and those in the industry that have done similar are the only ones that are upset.

    The aspiring artist need to quit copying and sampling and do something original. For once





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