The whole sordid affair began back in 2013 when “Blurred Lines” hit the top spot worldwide with Marvin Gaye’s family noting suspicious similarities between the sexist anthem and Marvin Gaye’s 1977 smash “Got to Give It Up”.
Fast forward to this afternoon and a judge has ruled against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, with TMZ reporting:
Robin [Thicke] and… Pharrell Williams are now on the hook for $7.3 million to Marvin’s family because the jury found they infringed on the Gaye copyright… The jury ruled T.I. — who raps on ‘Blurred’ — was NOT responsible for the copyright infringement.
So that’s good news for TI. Not so much for Williams or Thicke.
Again according to TMZ, a rep for Pharrell Williams has made a statement saying that the track was “created from his heart, mind and soul and the song was not taken from anyone or anywhere else” and added that a review may be in order, meaning an appeal is probably an action which is being carefully looked at.
I’m not weighing in on this, partially because to make a judgement would involve listening to “Blurred Lines” again and I don’t hate myself, but should you want to form an opinion, I’ve helpfully provided both songs for your listening (dis)pleasure.
What do you think? Plagiarism or inspiration?