'Blurred Lines' plagiarism just cost Pharrell & Robin Thicke millions of dollars
According to reports, Thicke and Pharrell copied parts of Marvin Gaye's classic 'Got To Give It Up' (1977) for the chart-topper, resulting in a law suit from Gaye's estate which will see the pair pony up the dough. A whole lotta dough!
Earlier this week, the two appeared in court where, according to Billboard, both songs were expertly compared and analysed to prove Williams and Thicke ripped signature phases, hooks, keyboard-bass interplay, lyrics and themes from 'Got To Give It Up.'
Gaye's family used musicologists to make the comparison and asked for a percentage of touring income, overhead costs and damages resulting from the infringement. Of the requested $25 million, Gaye's estate receievd $7.3 after a jury agreed to award them the case.
Listening to the bass lines in both songs during the court hearing, Pharrell agreed they sounded very similar.
“It sounds like you’re playing the same thing," he said.
However, the award-winning producer maintained that the rationale for the similarity was simply because Gaye was the inspiration for "that 70's feeling" of the track.
“The last thing you want to do as a creator is take something of someone else’s when you love him."
Thicke was apparently grilled on lying to the media and being high AF on vicodin and alcohol during the writing process, in response he attempted to sing other famously similar medleys including U2's 'With our Without You' and the Beatles' 'Let It Be.'
In closing arguements, the Gayes' attorney Richard Busch used Thicke's confessions about lying and cheating to convince the eight-person jury the pair need to cough up the cash and compensate for stealing elements of the soul legend's hit.
"What it boils down to is 'Yes, we copied. Yes, we took it. Yes, we lied about it. Yes, we changed our story every time'... It boils down to this: Who do you believe?... Are you going to believe Robin Thicke, who told us all he's not an honest person?"
Not convinced? Have a listen to both tracks below: