Yesterday, a jury ruled in favor of Marvin Gaye’s estate in a copyright infringement lawsuit over “Blurred Lines”, the hit single from Robin Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I.. Gaye’s family alleged and an eight-person jury agreed that “Blurred Lines” plagiarized Gaye’s 1977 single “Got to Give It Up”. The estate was awarded $7.3 million in damages, but it appears the legal fight is not yet over.
Gaye’s estate plans to ask a a judge to halt all future sales of “Blurred Lines” until the two sides can agree on a payout structure. Richard Busch, the attorney for Gaye’s family, told Rolling Stone, “We’ll be asking the court to enter an injunction prohibiting the further sale and distribution of ‘Blurred Lines’ unless and until we can reach an agreement with those guys on the other side about how future monies that are received will be shared. We’ll be doing that in about a week or so.”
Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I. have already suggested they will appeal yesterday’s ruling.
Below, watch a video that compares “Blurred Lines” and “Got To Give It Up”.