Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams must pay $7.3m to Marvin Gaye's family
Pharrell Williams has commented on the ‘Blurred Lines’ lawsuit for the first time.
As reported, a US jury recently decided that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ 2013 hit ‘Blurred Lines’ copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 single ‘Got To Give It Up’. The pair must pay $7.3m (£4.8m) to Gaye’s family following the ruling at the US District Court in Los Angeles.
Speaking to The Financial Times, Pharrell Williams slammed the decision.
“The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else,” Williams commented. “This applies to fashion, music, design… anything. If we lose our freedom to be inspired, we’re going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as we know it will be frozen in litigation. This is about protecting the intellectual rights of people who have ideas.”
“Everything that’s around you in a room was inspired by something or someone. If you kill that, there’s no creativity.”
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.
It is thought that Pharrell and Thicke have earned over $5m (£3m) each from the profits of the Grammy-winning single. Total profits from the single are estimated to exceed $16m (£10.8), and it has sold well over 1million copies in the UK.
During his testimony, Pharrell Williams revealed he was inspired by Miley Cyrus, not Marvin Gaye, when he wrote the song for Robin Thicke.
“I had Earl Sweatshirt in one room and Miley Cyrus in the other. I was doing a bunch of country-sounding music with Miley,” Williams told the court, adding that it was the work on Cyrus’ music that inspired ‘Blurred Lines’. “It was like blending this country sound with this up-tempo groove,” he said.
A comparison of ‘Blurred Lines’ and ‘Got To Give It Up’ can be heard below.