Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams plan to appeal a verdict ordering them to pay nearly $7.4 million US to Marvin Gaye's family in a copyright infringement case, their lawyer says.
Blurred Lines-Song Dispute Pharrell Williams testified that Marvin Gaye is one of his idols, but the pop hit-maker wrote the song Blurred Lines from his heart and soul, said his lawyer.
Marvin Gaye's heirs took Thicke, Williams and rapper T.I. to court, claiming they copied the late Motown artist's 1977 song Got to Give it Up when crafting their 2013 hit "Blurred Lines."
The song Blurred Lines earned more than $16 million US in profits, with Thicke and Williams making more than $5 million each.
The trial focused on detailed analyses of chords and notes in both Blurred Lines and Got to Give It Up, but jurors never listened the actual recordings of either songs, because Gaye’s family only owned the copyright to the sheet music for Got to Give It Up.
This fact is likely to figure prominently in the artists' appeal.
"This jury didn't listen to any music, which is rather surprising to me," said King. "The fact, is harmonies are different, the chords are different and the notes are different."
ANDREW WASSON - CBC Interview:
The songs certainly do differ in Melodic and Harmonic movements. The "style" along with the percussion context and the rhythmic meter are incredibly similar. However, I do find it somewhat surprising that the jury were never allowed to listen to the songs and were expected to render a decision based solely upon sheet music (which to me is obviously different).
I'm unclear overall how exactly the jury came to the final conclusion that there would be a verdict in favor for the "Gaye Family." And, I also believe that we have not heard the end to this.
Listen to the full CBC Interview below: