(PCM) Many people have noted the striking similarities between the hit Robin Thicke song “Blurred Lines” which was produced by Pharrell Williams and the late Marvin Gaye song “Got To Give It Up”. Apparently, 12 jurors felt that those similarities were enough to find the pair guilty of copyright infringement and award Gaye’s family the amount of $7.4 million in damages.
This case is now making waves within the music community, as there is cause for concern over the fact that if a songwriter is able to draw inspiration from another it could possibly be considered copyright infringement even it it is not done purposefully. It is worth noting that in this particular case the infringement was found to be non willful.
Gaye’ family is pleased with the verdict although they had initially been seeking over $25 million in damages. The jury also ruled that neither the record company, nor rapper T.I. who appears on the song should be held accountable in the lawsuit.
Gaye’s family claim that they noticed striking similarities between the two songs back when “Blurred Lines” was first released back in 2013, however both Thicke and Williams, who is responsible for writing the song, claim that they never discussed or copied Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got To Give It Up”. Williams said he was inspired by the feeling of Gaye’s music and that he was channeling that feeling of the late 70’s when the song was created and Thicke claimed that he was high on Vicoden when the song was penned, mostly by Williams.