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'Blurred Lines' Trial: Time To Pay Up For Robin Thicke And Pharrell Williams

Turns out plagiarism is pretty expensive.

The verdict is final. After years of legal battles, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have been sentenced to pay a total of 5 million dollars to the heirs of Marvin Gaye on December, 10. As Billboard reports, judge John Kronstadt’s court of law has confirmed once more the copyright infringement.

In March 2015, the two artists had already been asked to pay 7,3 million dollars. A decision that the authors of "Blurred Lines" had contested by appealing in a bid to cancel it. But the judge had refused to budge, only agreeing to scale down the payment to 5,3 million. This verdict had been confirmed by the court last March.

Now Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke are jointly required to pay Gaye's family 2,8 million dollars in damages, Thicke will also pay an additional 1,8 million while Williams and his publishing company will pay another 357 000 dollars to the Gaye family, who are now entitled to a running royalty of half the "Blurred Lines" songwriter and publishing revenue.

Let’s not forget that this lawsuit for plagiarism is based on the similarities between the song "Blurred Lines" and Marvin Gaye’s "Got to Give It Up". Finally, the legal case is now officially settled, as for your own opinion, this video should help you figure it out:

By Guillaume Narduzzi, published on 13/12/2018

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