Marvin Gaye Family Awarded $7.4 Million In 'Blurred Lines' Trial

Marvin Gaye Family Awarded $7.4 Million In 'Blurred Lines' Trial



Robin Thicke outside the Roybal Federal Building in Los Angeles.

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LOS ANGELES — A federal jury on Tuesday found that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams lifted “Blurred Lines” from Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” — but they didn’t do it on purpose — and awarded more than $7.4 million to Gaye’s children Nona, Frankie and Marvin III.

The eight-member jury deliberated less than two days after getting the case last Thursday following closing arguments at the federal courthouse in Los Angeles. Attorneys had summarized several days of testimony that included Thicke, Williams, rapper T.I., expert musicologists, record executives, comparison diagrams and multiple playings of “Blurred Lines.”

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Though “Blurred Lines” was played several times throughout the trial, the jury was never allowed to hear “Got to Give It Up,” since copyright law only protected its underlying sheet music when it was recorded in 1976. But the plaintiffs prevailed anyway, as the jury was convinced that “Blurred Lines” had enough of the underlying structure of the song in common to grant an award.

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Marvin Gaye at the American Music Awards in 1983.

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