Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke found guilty of infringing Marvin Gaye copyright with 'Blurred Lines'

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A federal jury in Los Angeles has found that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicks are indeed guilty of copyright infringement, as they drew way too much from - AKA ripped off - Marvin Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up” without permission to arrive at their No. 1 smash hit, "Blurred Lines".

It took a year and half for jurors to decide that the duo, which shares songwriting credits, was guilty of plagiarism and now, they're due to fork over $7.7 million to Nona and Frankie Gaye, two of Marvin Gaye’s children, which divides into $4 million in damages and $3.3 million in profits, reports New York Times.

They also owe "$9,000 in statutory damages for the infringement of copyright. Clifford Harris Jr., better known as T.I., who contributed a rap in the song, was found not liable."

The NY Times also shared details of the trial. Turns out that during the testimony, "the jury heard fragments of both “Blurred Lines” and “Got to Give It Up” in various combinations", "musicologists for both sides took the stand to present their interpretations of the sheet music", and jurors had the chance to listen to Thicke revealing the embarrassing truth about his involvement with the single: “The biggest hit of my career was written by somebody else, and I was jealous and wanted credit". *awkward* 

Poor Thicke is never going to catch a break now! 
 

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