*The verdict was handed down, but according to a rep for Pharrell Williams ,options are being explored that could result in an appeal in the case involving the producer’s hit Robin Thicke collaboration “Blurred Lines.”
In a statement obtained by Billboard that ended up coming from Williams, Thicke and T.I., the rep mentioned that they are “extremely disappointed” by the jury’s decision. As it stands now, the trio is weighing their options, which may include appealing the court order for Williams and Thicke to pay $7.3 million to Marvin Gaye’s family for copying Gaye’s classic 1977 hit, “Got To Give It Up.”
The following is statement issued by Williams’ rep for the producer, Thicke and T.I.:
“While we respect the judicial process, we are extremely disappointed in the ruling made today, which sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity going forward. Pharrell created ‘Blurred Lines’ from his heart, mind and soul and the song was not taken from anyone or anywhere else. We are reviewing the decision, considering our options and you will hear more from us soon about this matter.”
During the “Blurred Lines” trial, Williams stated that despite always looking up to Gaye, he claimed that he was inspired by the 70’s sound when he put the song together rather than “Got To Give It Up” specifically.
“The last thing you want to do as a creator is take something of someone else’s when you love him,” Williams said.
To hear whether “Blurred Lines” is a complete rip-off of “Got to Give It Up,” check out the mash-up below: