Robin Thicke and Pharrell Plan to Contest ‘Blurred Lines’ Verdict
Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams are planning to contest the verdict of their two-week plagiarism trial after a jury in Los Angeles found the pair guilty of lifting hooks and melody from Marvin Gaye’s 1977 number one “Got to Give it Up” for their 2013 hit “Blurred Lines.”
Thicke and Williams were ordered to hand over $7.4 million to Gaye’s kids in court on Tuesday, but their lawyer, Howard King, has revealed the songwriters plan to appeal or seek a retrial if the judge overseeing the case denies a motion requesting the verdict be set aside.
King insists his clients maintain “Blurred Lines” was an original song created solely by them, and he claims jurors may have been convinced otherwise by expert testimony which should have been inadmissible in court.
The attorney says, “Based upon their own feelings that they created “Blurred Lines” from their own hearts and souls and no one else, and based on feedback from other prominent songwriters, they (Thicke and Williams) feel they owe it to the creative world to make sure this verdict does not stand.”
Meanwhile, the Gaye family’s lawyer, Richard Busch, is seeking a court injunction against further distribution of “Blurred Lines” based on Tuesday’s verdict.