Music Mondays – Robin Thicke & Pharrell Williams to pay $5 million to Marvin Gaye estate

The long drawn-out copyright battle over Robin Thicke’s 2013 song “Blurred Lines” has ended after a judge ordered Thicke and Pharrell Williams to pay almost $5 million to Marvin Gaye’s estate in the case’s final ruling.

Members of Gaye’s family sued Thicke and Williams, along with rapper and featured artist on the song, T.I., in 2013 for copyright infringement of Gaye’s 1977 hit song “Got to Give It Up.”

In 2015, the Gaye family won their case. The court ordered Thicke and Williams to pay Gaye’s estate more than $7 million dollars, an amount that was later reduced to $5.3 million.

Thicke and Williams appealed the verdict, and in March of this year a judge mostly upheld the jury’s decision.

– Excerpt from an article written by Ben Kesslen for NBC News. Find the full article here

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