The jurors had a verdict going up on a Tuesday…found Robin Thicke guilty on his birthday….
The duo will have to pay the Gaye family $7.3 million in damages, which is much less than the $25 million the family was seeking.
Last week, during the trial, the juxtaposed bass lines of the two songs in question were played to Pharrell and he admitted, “It sounds like you’re playing the same thing.”
Following the verdict, a spokesperson for Pharrell Williams told Rolling Stone:
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.
Pharrell created ‘Blurred Lines’ from his heart, mind and soul and the song was not taken from anyone or anywhere else. We are reviewing the decision, considering our options and you will hear more from us soon about this matter.
Meanwhile, Marvin’s daughter, Nona Gaye, said it feels like she has been set free.
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.
Lest we forget when Robin tried to throw Pharrell under the bus by saying he lied about his participation in writing the song and it was all Pharrell.
Robin Thicke Admits He Lied About Writing ‘Blurred Lines,’ Throws Pharrell Under The Bus, & Discloses His Drug Abuse
Since it’s release, “Blurred Lines” has raked in an estimated $16.5 million with Robin and Pharrell stashing $5 million a piece. So, they should have no problem going half on a lawsuit.
Hopefully, this chapter can be closed once and everyone can move forward…with their own music.