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Robin Thicke & Pharrell Lose Their Case — Jury Says They Owe $7.4 Million for Jacking Marvin Gaye's Music

Marvin Gaye

By Ann Oldenburg
Was it simply an homage? Or flat-out copying? The jury decided Tuesday it was the latter.

That's been the issue in the musically packed, big-money Los Angeles trial over the 2013 hit Blurred Lines. Musicians Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. preemptively sued the family of late singer Marvin Gaye for a determination on whether their hit song was an infringement on the copyright for Gaye's 1977 hit song, Got to Give It Up. Gaye's family

Did Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams' Blurred Lines Rip Off
Marvin Gaye's Got To Give Up?

Decide for Yourself.

On Tuesday, Gaye's camp emerged victorious. The eight member jury voted unanimously that Thicke and song producer Williams had infringed on the 1977 Gaye song.

The jury awarded nearly $7.4 million to Gaye's family. His children — Nona, Frankie and Marvin Gaye III — were present in court when the verdict was read.

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