Marvin Gaye's children, Frankie and Nona Gaye, won their claim that Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I.'s song "Blurred Lines" was too similar to their father's 1977 hit song, "Got to Give it Up." The jury found that the trio did infringe on Gaye's song and awarded his family nearly $7.4 million in damages.
The family originally sought $25 million in alleged damages, though the song reportedly made $16,675,690 in profits – the biggest hit of 2013. According to court documents, $5,658,214 went to Thicke, $5,153,457 to Williams, and $704,774 to T.I. The remaining amount went to record companies Interscope, UMG Distribution and Star Trak.
Pharrell acknowledged in court that "Blurred Lines" has the "feel" of "Got to Give it Up," but he pointed out that "feel" does not necessarily equal "infringement."
Following the ruling, Thicke, Pharrell and T.I.'s reps issued a joint statement expressing their clients' disappointment in the verdict.
"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," it read. " 'Blurred Lines' was created from the heart and
minds of Pharrell, Robin and T.I. and 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."