Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams Heading to Trial in ‘Blurred Lines’ Copyright Case
A federal judge has ruled that a trial is needed to determine whether Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ 2012 smash hit, “Blurred Lines,” has copied elements of Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up.” The ruling that came by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt on Thursday says there is a genuine dispute about whether Thicke and Williams tripped off Gaye’s work.
The two singers have been fighting with Gaye’s family over the alleged copyright infringement.
Previously, Thicke admitted in a deposition that he had nothing to do with the song-writing process,
throwing Pharrell under the bus revealing that he was “high on Vicodin and alcohol” at the time when the two of them were working on the song.
“The reality is, is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song,” he said. “With all due respect, I was high and drunk every time I did an interview last year. Every day, I woke up, I would take a Vicodin to start the day and then I would fill up a water bottle with vodka and drink it before and during my interviews.”
He confessed, contradicting his previous statement that “Blurred Lines” was a joint effort, “I was jealous and I wanted some of the credit … I tried to take credit for it later because [Williams] wrote the whole thing pretty much by himself and I was envious of that.”