Appeals Court Makes Ruling on If Robin Thicke, Pharrell & TI are Still on The Hook For $5.3 Mil to Marvin Gaye’s Estate Over “Blurred Lines”

In a 2-1 vote, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a $5.3 million judgment in favor of Marvin Gaye’s estate against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for infringing on Marvin Gaye’s, “Got to Give it Up,” in their popular song, “Blurred Lines.”

The judgment also upheld an award of 50% of the future royalties to Blurred Lines to Gaye’s three children.

According to the Court, in 2013, for a 7 day period, Blurred Lines was the most popular single in the entire world, so Gaye’s kids will probably be just fine.

The decision is pivotal for today’s musicians because while the lyrics in Blurred Lines are clearly distinct from Got to Give it Up, the Court focused its ruling on Dr. Ingrid Monson’s analysis in the songs’ similar baseline, signature phrase, hook, drum, and keyboard sounds.

Dr. Monson is a “Quincy Jones Professor of African-American Music” at Harvard University—making Quincy Jones the gift that just keeps on giving and giving this year.

However, Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. (aka T.I. or T.I.P.) pulled off a major victory, despite Robin Thicke’s and Pharrell’s defeat. The Ninth Circuit concluded that the Rubber Band Man’s verse in Blurred Lines does not infringe on the Gaye family’s ownership rights.

What do you guys think? Y’all can be the judges.

Flip the pages for Robin Thicke’s and Pharrell’s NSFW Blurred Lines music video; Marvin Gaye’s Got to Give it Up; and the full text of the Ninth Circuit’s opinion.

Lorenzo Washington

Born and raised in Cleveland, OH. I love LeBron, the Browns, the Cavs, and the Indians in that order. I am an alumni of The Ohio State University, and a licensed attorney in the state of Ohio. My top 5 rappers are: (1) Jay-Z; (2) Nas; (3) André 3000; (4) Method Man; (5) Bone Thugs N Harmony - Don’t @ me. And on March 11, 2018, I got my 1st BSO chain.

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