Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke are confident that they did not copy Marvin Gaye when they wrote the wildly popular song “Burred Lines”, and their lawyer said they have not been adversely affected by a guilty verdict.
“They're firm, rock solid, in the conclusion that they wrote this song independently from the heart and soul with no input from anyone, Marvin Gaye or anyone else,” Howard King told Rolling Stone. “They sleep well knowing they didn't copy the song. I believe that not only for themselves but for creative people everywhere, they're going to pursue this to a fair and just conclusion that will be different than this jury's verdict.”
The pair may not have lost any sleep after the words “guilty” were spoken, but the $7.3 million they now owe to Marvin Gaye’s estate must have been a rude awakening. An eight-member jury decided that Mr Williams and Mr Thicke borrowed heavily from Mr Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.”
Robin Thicke's legal defeat could have a chilling effect on music http://t.co/jOZZfUA8tohyphen; TIME.com (@TIME) March 12, 2015
The artists have said they plan to appeal the verdict and avoid paying out any money to Mr Gaye's estate.
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