Blurred Lines Creators Sued For Ripping Off 70s Song


Courtesy Tribune News Service

Pharrell Williams, from a recent win at 57th Annual Grammy Awards

A jury has decided that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ song “Blurred Lines” was actually a rip off of Marvin Gaye. Marvin Gaye’s children received almost seven million dollars on Tuesday after the verdict was determined.

Many of the people on the case did not agree with the verdict because they believe that although Marvin Gaye was an influential artist, he did not own a copyright to the genre and that their homage to the artist should not be a crime. Pharrell say that the lyrics are completely theirs and that all the lyrics come from their artistic ability, although Thicke claims he didn’t have any part in the writing of the song.

 Gaye’s lawyer called them liars who went beyond trying to emulate the sound of Marvin Gaye’s late 1970’s music and copied a portion of his song “Got to Give it Up” completely (Fox News).

The “Blurred Lines” song has sold more than 7.3 million copies in the United States alone. Its has also been given several Grammy awards nominations.

 As the jurors watched the video during the trial, they claim to not have heard the similarities between the two songs. They say the song is represented in a less polished fashion (Fox News).

 I have listened to both songs and do not believe that they are similar, although there is a similar tone and vibe to the songs. I do believe it was just the influence Pharrell believes Gaye’s music has had on him.