Get a little look at what was said in the 'Blurred Lines' copyright trial
Testimony from the trial in which Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were found liable for ripping off Marvin Gaye‘s ‘Got To Give It Up’ with their hit 2013 single ‘Blurred Lines’ has been made public.
The footage shows the testimony of Thicke and Williams, who were required to make a payment of $7.3 million to Gaye’s estate on the back of the contentious trial. The case is expected to go to appeal shortly.
Williams struggled to answer questions on chords and music notation in his questioning, with the singer saying “I’m not here to teach your music”. The questioning can be viewed in three parts, below. Williams also says:
“I did not go in the studio with the intention of making anything feel like, or to sound like, Marvin Gaye,” before answering a pointed question about the song’s relationship to Gaye’s track:
“When you were creating ‘Blurred Lines,’ were you trying to pretend that you were Marvin Gaye?” Williams replied: “At that particular time, no. But as I look back, I feel that feeling.”
Thicke, entertainingly, says “with all due respect, I was high and drunk every time I did an interview last year,” in the short clips revealed by Hollywood Reporter.
The lawsuit was brought by Gaye’s children Nona, Frankie and Marvin Gaye III, who inherited the copyright to the soul legend’s music following his death in 1984.
Nona, who wept as the verdict was read, said following the trial: “Right now, I feel free. Free from… Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s chains and what they tried to keep on us and the lies that were told.”
Thicke and Williams’ lawyer Howard E King said at the time: “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. We are reviewing the decision, considering our options and you will hear more from us soon about this matter.”
The footage, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, can be seen below: