Newswire: Robin Thicke, Pharrell ordered to pay $7.3 million in “Blurred Lines” verdict
Concluding a legal battle that has dragged on for nearly two years, a federal jury in Los Angeles has ordered “Blurred Lines” songwriters Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams to pay $7.3 million in damages to Marvin Gaye’s family, saying the line between their song and Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got To Give It Up” is just a little too blurry.
The trial was the result of one of two lawsuits filed by Gaye’s family in response to the song; the other, filed against “Blurred Lines” publishing company EMI, was settled out of court last January. The controversy surrounding the song has seen lawsuits, counter-suits and a deposition that involved Thicke listening to a mashup of “Blurred Lines” and “Got To Give It Up” that he compared to “nails on a fucking chalkboard,” or maybe talking to a woman who isn’t sexually interested in him.
In his …