'Blurred Lines' suit against Robin Thicke, Pharrell ends in $5 million judgment

'Blurred Lines' suit against Robin Thicke, Pharrell ends in $5 million judgment

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams' "Blurred Lines" was an instantaneous hit, though the spoils of victory were not long savored.

The ruling also awarded Gaye's family pre-judgement interest on the damages and 50% percent of the royalties from "Blurred Lines" moving forward. The pair were ordered to pay $7 million in 2015, but it was reduced to $5.3 million after they appealed.

The judgement was controversial within much of the songwriting community because many felt it set a unsafe precedent that could result in a flood of copyright infringement lawsuits against songs that had been influenced by earlier works.

There has been criticism over the verdict due to Blurred Lines copying the "feel" of Gaye's song, rather than direct plagiarism of lyrics. In March this year the verdict was upheld and the settlement has now been confirmed.

The bad twosome appealed the judgement, but in March this year the Ninth Circuit appeals court pretty much endorsed the jury's original decision and rejected arguments put forward as to why that judgement had been flawed.

On top of that, Thicke has been told to fork out an additional $1,768,191.88 and Williams and his publishing company will pay a further $357,630.96, Billboard reported.

But, Richard Busch, the lawyer representing Gaye's family, said the decision "not only protects songwriters' works from being unlawfully copied without payment or credit, but encourages today's writers to create original work that does not take advantage of the success of others while pawning it off as their own".

Indeed, the appeal court panel was also split, with one of three judges condemning the verdict.

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