Robin Thick, Pharrell Williams ordered to pay $5M for ‘Blurred Lines’ infringement

A federal choose in California ordered a ultimate judgement of practically $5 million to the household of Marvin Gaye for Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ copyright infringement of their track “Blurred Traces.”

District Decide John A. Kronstadt mentioned the 2 artists should collectively pay Gaye’s household damages of $2.9 million. Individually, Thicke should pay $1.7 million and Extra Water From Nazareth Publishing — Williams’ publishing firm — should pay $357,631.

The ultimate judgment, issued Monday, was a discount from the preliminary $7.four million judgment.

The track “Blurred Traces” was launched in 2013, hitting No. 1 and incomes the artists some $16.6 million in income. Gaye’s household sued later that 12 months saying it infringed upon his 1977 hit “Obtained to Give It Up.”

Gaye died in 1984.

In March, the ninth Circuit Court docket of Appeals upheld a decrease jury’s resolution that there was in reality infringement. Thicke and Williams’ legal professionals argued that the lawsuit went too far in defending the generic parts of a track’s type shared between the 2 tracks.

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