Robin Thicke’s lawyer to appeal “Blurred Lines” verdict


Blurred Lines

Jake Christensen

On March 10, a jury ruled that the hit song “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I.’s had copied the song “Got to Give It Up” by Marvin Gaye. The Gaye estate was subsequently awarded $7.4 million in damages by the jury. The attorney of the Gaye family also stated that he would ask the court to prohibit all sales of the song temporarily.

In an interview with Fox Business, Thicke and Williams’ attorney Howard E. King said he is going to be appealing the verdict.

“We owe it to songwriters around the world to make sure this verdict doesn’t stand,” King said. “We are going to exercise every post-trial remedy we have to make sure this verdict does not stand…Just because eight people think two songs are similar doesn’t mean they are. I think this is a horrible decision that is going to affect whether or not record labels provide the necessary funds for new music to be created.”

In the press Thicke said they had modeled the song after Gaye; however, he testified in court that he had been high and drunk while doing those interviews. He also testified that Williams had written the song instead and he simply took credit because he was jealous he hadn’t come up with the ideas himself.

When it was Williams’ turn to testify in court, he said he had not copied Gaye but was simply trying to imitate the feel of the era.

“I must’ve been channeling, that feeling, that late-‘70s feeling,” Williams said. “Sometimes when you look back on your past work, you see echoes of people but that doesn’t mean that’s what you were doing.”

Many people have expressed online they believe the “Blurred Lines” verdict will change creativity in music. King said he believes he has disappointed all musicians by losing the case.

“I think I let songwriters down around the world,” he said.