Robin Thicke, Pharrell, to appeal Blurred Lines verdict

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams intend to appeal the ‘Blurred Lines’ court ruling because they “owe it to songwriters around the world to make sure this verdict doesn’t stand”.
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The pair were sued by the family of the late singer Marvin Gaye on Tuesday (10.03.15) and ordered to pay $7.3 million (£4.8 million) in copyright infringement due to similarities to the Motown star’s track ‘Got To Give It Up’, but their lawyer, Howard King, has insisted they “owe it to songwriters” to fight the verdict.

He told Fox Business: “We owe it to songwriters around the world to make sure this verdict doesn’t stand.

“My clients know that they wrote the song ‘Blurred Lines’ from their hearts and souls and no other source.

“We are going to exercise every post trial remedy we have to make sure this verdict does not stand. We look at it as being in the seventh inning of a game that could go into extra innings.”

As well as claiming the sum of money from Robin and Pharrell, Marvin’s family are calling for sales of the track – which is one of the best-selling songs of all time – to be halted while they come to an agreement about how future profits should be split.

While the pair flatly refuse any wrong-doing, Robin spoke about their inspiration with DJ Trevor Nelson in 2013, admitting they went into the studio with the intention of making something similar to the 1977 hit.

Speaking on BBC Radio 1Xtra, he said: “I went into the studio and I told Pharrell, I’d love to do something like Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got To Give It Up’, and Marvin Gaye’s song is in the minor key, and so he started doing the drums and then we changed it to a major key, which makes it more like a country song. It was totally inspired [by the song].”

2 thoughts on “Robin Thicke, Pharrell, to appeal Blurred Lines verdict”

  1. This is a businessman’s proposal, quite haphazard with no clarity. Your proposals are for profit, not healthcare for all.

  2. Thank you Mr Kirubi for your well put piece. And I agree with you on the need to approach health delivery from all aspects. All the constinutents you mentioned deliver services is all parts of this country but more is needed especially to cover the inequity gap which can be found again in all corners of the country.

    As a business man you may have ideas on how to get the extra resources required to bridge the existing gap. So please continue giving your ideas to those charged with making policies and plans. And Kenya has the ability to reach the health goals as shown by the preliminary Kenya Demograhic results just released last week. If only we can focus and use the available resources prudently and honestly,
    I am a health professional and very passionate on the subject.
    God bless Kenya as we trudge towards the promissed land.

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