The Los Angeles Times says that a jury in L.A. declared that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams totally ripped Marvin Gaye off. They awarded Marvin Gaye’s family nearly $7.4 million. And just like that, Sara Bareilles picked up the phone to call her lawyers.
Almost immediately after “Blurred Lines” came out and terrorized our ear holes, Marvin Gaye’s family thought it sounded just like “Got To Give It Up” and they publicly called out Robin and Pharrell for pulling some copy + paste shit. Robin Thicke preemptively sued Marvin Gaye’s family for wrongly claiming copyright. Alan Thicke’s high-pitched tampon of a son claimed that he was inspired by “Got To Give It Up,” but didn’t copy it. Pharrell also defended “Blurred Lines” (because DUH) and said that it was totally different than Marin Gaye’s 1977 hit. Marvin Gaye’s family countersued.
During a deposition last year, Robin claimed he was jacked-up on Vicodin and the sweet nectar for most of 2013 and so Pharrell wrote most of “Blurred Lines” by himself. When all else fails, claim you were too fucked up to function and blame the guy in the Arby’s hat. A judge ruled that there was enough evidence to take it to trial and the trial started last month. During the trial, the jury heard from several experts and both Robin and Pharrell testified. The jury also learned that the song put $5.6 million into Robin’s checking account, $5.2 million into Pharrell’s checking account and millions more went to the recording company.
T.I. was also named in the lawsuit, because he raps in “Blurred Lines,” but the jury declared that he was not responsible for any copyright infringement. That’s good news for Tiny, because she’s going to need that money for surgery when those wolf iris implants start eating her eyeballs.
Here’s a comparison of the two songs:
Marvin’s daughter Nona Gaye told reporters outside of the court house that she’s finally happy to be done with Pharrell and Robin’s lies:
“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.”
The family’s attorney will file papers to stop all future sales of “Blurred Lines.”
I’m happy for Marvin Gaye’s family and all, but the State of California really fucked up on this one. Right before the jury came to a decision, they should’ve quickly passed a law stating that if you’re a certified douche named Robin Charles Thicke and you’re found guilty of grand theft song thieving in a civil suit, you will also be punished with life in prison without the possibility of parole. The state really missed a good opportunity.
And here’s Pharrell and Robin, who is looking douchier than usual, leaving the court house in L.A. after testifying last week.