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Jury: Blurred Lines infringed copyright

There were no blurred lines in a Los Angeles court when a jury ruled that the song Blurred Lines had infringed copyright laws.

Artists Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke have repeatedly denied claims that they breached copyright laws against Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit, Got to Give it Up, but a jury has awarded Gaye’s children nearly $7.4 million ($10 million NZD) in damages.

The Grammy nominated hit had earned Thicke and Williams over $5 million dollars ($6.8 million NZD) each and both men are credited with writing the song.

Gaye passed away in 1984, leaving the copyright to his music to his three children who decided to sue Williams and Thicke in 2013. Gaye’s daughter Nona wept as the verdict was being read and said at a press conference afterwards that she “felt free”.

Williams said that he grew up listening to Gaye’s music and that he wrote Blurred Lines in about an hour, while he was in a 70’s mood. Thicke has said that whilst he was present at the time Williams wrote the hit he was high on alcohol and Vicodin.

Watch: A mash up of Blurred Lines and Got to Give it up

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Laura Barker
Laura is following her dreams to become a journalist. Currently studying at the New Zealand Radio Training School she also has a BA in Anthropology. She aspires to become a snow reporter and to finish watching every episode of Gilmore Girls.
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