Video: Blurred Lines/Marvin Gaye mashup shows why Pharrell and Robin Thicke have lost a lot of money
Yep, something definitely sounds familiar here.
A court in Los Angeles ruled yesterday that the family of the late Marvin Gaye be awarded $7.3 million (approximately €6.85 million) as a result of a copyright infringement by popular singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams.
After almost a week’s worth of testimony, an eight-person jury found that ‘Blurred Lines,’ a massive hit for Thicke and Williams in 2013 ripped off Gaye’s 1977 hit ‘Got to Give it Up’.
Although Thicke and Williams denied doing so, they were sued by Gaye’s children for copyright infringement, with the eventual settlement accounting for a large chunk of the reported $10million that Thicke and Williams made from easily one of the biggest hits of this decade.
We’re not sure if it was used in evidence to support the case of Gaye’s children, but a couple of mash-ups of both songs together might give an inkling as to why the jury ruled in their favour.
Video via YouTube/Josh Chesterfield
Video via YouTube/Oasis Records 1975
Of course, $7.3 million is probably no more than a drop in the ocean to Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, but the former can certainly have no complaints if he’s called his name by way of an insult (i.e. ya robbin’ thick) in future.
Hat-tip: Business Insider