The family of Martin Gaye are set to receive $7.3 million from Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, as the latter artists have been found guilty of copyright infringement. Allegedly Williams and Thicke had copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got To Give It Up” and the Gaye family had sought to claim over $25 million in damages and a portion of the profits. After the verdict to award her family $7.3 million, Nona Gaye, Marvin’s daughter, managed to speak out and told reporters; “I feel free from Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke and the lies that were told”.
The single “Blurred Lines” was nominated for ‘Record of the Year’ at the 2013 Grammy Awards, as well as being #1 on the Billboard singles charts for 10 weeks in a row. Since the hit has been released, it has earned itself almost $16.5 million in profits with Williams and Thicke taking over $5 million each. However, since this ordeal has been discovered, Marvin Gaye’s family attorney has promised to halt all sales of “Blurred Lines”, promising to officially file the relevant paperwork by next week.
In updated news, Williams and Thicke’s lawyer Howard King has confirmed that the artists will be appealing against the court order. Speaking to Fox Business News, King said, “we owe it to songwriters around the world to make sure this verdict doesn’t stand, 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”.