Blurred Lines: Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke to appeal verdict in Marvin Gaye case

The singers were ordered to pay $7.3 million to Gaye's family this week

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Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams will be appealing the verdict in the “Blurred Lines” copyright infringement case, their lawyer has confirmed.

The US singers were ordered on Tuesday to pay $7.4 million to Marvin Gaye’s family after a jury found them guilty of stealing from his Seventies hit “Got To Give It Up”.

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But Howard E King, the attorney representing both artists, is determined to keep their money safe.

“We owe it to songwriters around the world to make sure this verdict doesn’t stand,” he told Fox Business News. “My clients know that they wrote the song “Blurred Lines” from their hearts and souls and no other source.

“We are going to exercise every post-trial remedy we have to make sure this verdict does not stand. We look at it as being in the seventh inning of a game that could go into extra innings.”


King added that as Gaye is one of Williams’ major influences, he may well be the target of future lawsuits.

“Pharrell has readily admitted that Marvin Gaye is one of his idols, but it’s silk and rayon,” he said.

“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.”

King believes that the recent verdict was a “horrible decision” and a “bad precedent” to set for songwriters around the world.

Gaye’s family were originally seeking $25 million from the “Blurred Lines” trial with rapper TI, who featured on the chart-topping track, also sued.