Robin Thicke, Pharrell, T.I. Appeal Copyright Infringement Verdict

08/29/2016
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Robin Thicke

(Radio.com) Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and T.I. (real name Clifford Harris Jr.) are appealing the multi-million dollar court verdict that their hit track "Blurred Lines" plagiarized Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give it Up," reports The Hollywood Reporter.

The three performers are seeking to overturn the ruling that awarded $5.3 million in damages to Marvin Gaye's family as well as 50-percent of royalties from "Blurred Lines," according to a brief filed in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

A Los Angeles jury had ruled that "Blurred Lines" ripped off Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit,"Got To Give It Up," a verdict that attorneys for Williams, Thicke and T.I. claim is erroneous and dangerous for the music industry.

"This outcome created international press coverage and widespread expressions of concern by members of the music community that, if left to stand, the 'Blurred Lines' verdict would chill musical creativity and inhibit the process by which later artists draw inspiration from earlier artists to create new popular music," the legal brief states. Read more here.

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