‘Blurred Lines’ Verdict: Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams Ordered to Pay $7.3 Million for Copyright Infringement
A jury has decided that Thicke and Williams have indeed copied Gaye’s 1977 “Got to Give Up” when creating their 2013 smash hit, ordering the two men to pay $7.3 million to the late singer’s family for copyright infringement.
In the trial, Thicke, Williams and T.I. were sued for stealing intellectual property. When the three sought a jury determination to prove that the song was not an infringement, the Gaye family filed a countersuit seeking a portion of the profits the song had made.
Though Williams, after listening to a juxtaposition of the two tracks in court, admitted that “it sounds like you’re playing the same thing” during the trial, The Voice coach insisted during his testify that the songs have the same “feel — not infringement.”
Meanwhile, 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 composing. Contradicting his previous statement, Thicke later confessed that he was “jealous” of his collaborator and “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,” Thicke said.
Released on Mar. 26, 2013, “Blurred Lines” went six-times platinum in the United States alone and sold over seven million copies as a single.