Jury finds Pharrell and Robin Thicke guilty of Blurred Lines plagiarism

Thicke and Williams ordered to pay $7.5 million to Marvin Gaye's family for infringing on his 1977 song Got To Give It Up.

11.03.15

The ongoing trial between Marvin Gaye's estate and Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke has ended, with the jury ruling in favour of Gaye.

The trial, arguing that Williams, Thicke, and T.I.'s hit single Blurred Lines lifted from Gaye's 1977 song Got To Give It Up, has resulted in a $7.5 million fine against Williams and Thicke. The court case offered some revealing gossip – Thicke didn't write the song even though it was credited to him, he was high on vicodin the whole time – which, for the anti-Thicke alliance, resulted in a delightful sense of schadenfreude.

Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and T.I. issued a statement: "While we respect the judicial process, we are extremely disappointed in the ruling made today, which sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity going forward. Blurred Lines was created from the heart and minds of Pharrell, Robin and T.I. and not taken from anyone or anywhere else. We are reviewing the decision, considering our options and you will hear more from us soon about this matter."