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Robin Thicke and Pharrell Ordered to Pay $7.3 Million USD for Plagiarizing "Blurred Lines"

After a two-week trial, the Los Angeles jury has finally spoken. “Blurred Lines,” the mega hit of summer 2013 written by Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, is being slapped with a fine of $7.3 million USD for copyright infringement. The song was deemed to be a rip off of Marvin Gaye’s 1977 song, “Got To Give It Up,’ which has a suspiciously similar groove. The Marvin Gaye estate of the late singer asked for $25 million USD in damages, but the $7.3 million USD awarded is already a record high in a copyright infringement suit. The legal drama which began in 2013 consisted of many ups and downs finally comes to a close. A spokesman for Williams told Rolling Stone, ”While we respect the judicial process, we are extremely disappointed in the ruling made today, which sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity going forward,” Williams, Thicke and T.I. said in a joint statement. “‘Blurred Lines’ was created from the heart and minds of Pharrell, Robin and T.I. and not taken from anyone or anywhere else. We are reviewing the decision, considering our options and you will hear more from us soon about this matter.”

Source: HYPETRAK