Newswire: Marvin Gaye’s family wants to halt all sales of “Blurred Lines”

We’re all about free speech here at The A.V. Club, but here’s one bit of potential court-ordered censorship that we don’t really mind: Rolling Stone reports that Marvin Gaye’s family wants a federal court to stop all sales of “Blurred Lines.” This news comes after Gaye’s family won a major victory in that same court yesterday, when a jury rejected Robin Thicke’s argument that he couldn’t be held responsible for the song because he was high at the time—a.k.a. “the Afroman defense”—and ordered Thicke and co-songwriter (or sole songwriter, based on his testimony) Pharrell Williams to pay the Gayes $7.3 million for ripping off Marvin Gaye’s 1977 song “Got To Give It Up.”

However, that $7.3 million number didn’t include allowances for future profits from “Blurred Lines.” Therefore, the Gayes’ lawyer, Richard Busch, wants …

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