Thicke, Williams to appeal $7.4M verdict in ‘Blurred Lines’ case

Robin Thicke appears on Global's The Morning Show. John R. Kennedy / Global News

TORONTO — Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams will appeal Tuesday’s jury ruling that they ripped off Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” for their hit “Blurred Lines.”

The two artists were ordered to pay $7.4 million to the Gaye family.

Howard King, lawyer for Thicke and Williams, said Wednesday they do not accept the decision.

“We owe it to songwriters around the world to make sure this verdict doesn’t stand,” King told Fox Business Network.

“My clients know that they wrote the song from their hearts and souls and no other source.”

READ MORE: Thicke denies writing “Blurred Lines”

Gaye’s family had initially sought $25 million in damages from Thicke, Williams and rapper T.I. over the 2013 hit. After eight days of testimony, a jury agreed “Blurred Lines” copied “Got to Give it Up” but said the infringement wasn’t willful.

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It ruled Thicke and Williams must pay $4 million in copyright damages plus profits that can be attributed to infringement — $1.8 million for Thicke and Williams $1.6 million for Williams.

King told Fox Business Network: “If this is the way the law is going to go, then the creator of rayon better look behind him for lawsuits from the owners of silk, because, even though they feel the same they are structurally, completely different just like these songs.”

BELOW: Compare the two songs.


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