Round two of the “Blurred Lines” trial has come to a shocking end.
Following another nasty legal fight in a federal appeals court this week, Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke lost their argument that their popular track sampled that of Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up.”
In efforts to appeal the initial verdict, the musicians legal team fought against Gaye’s estate, but unfortunately, the courts still chose to uphold the ruling which ended in 2015.
Following a two to one decion in a three-judge panel, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wound up awarding the family of Marvin Gaye $5.3 million – it was initially $7 million.
“The majority allows the Gayes to accomplish what no one has before: copyright a musical style,” Dissenting Judge Jacqueline Nguyen wrote in defense of Pharrell and company. “‘Blurred Lines’ and ‘Got to Give It Up’ are not objectively similar.”
She added, “They differ in melody, harmony, and rhythm. Yet by refusing to compare the two works, the majority establishes a dangerous precedent that strikes a devastating blow to future musicians and composers everywhere.”
So is the case done for good? Most likely, that is, unless Pharrell’s team chooses to appeal to the Supreme Court.
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