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Jury Finds Pharrell, Thicke Copied Marvin Gaye for ‘Blurred Lines’, Awards $7.3M

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*The jury in the “Blurred Lines” case against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams has ordered  the artists to pay $7.3 million to the family of Marvin Gaye for copyright infringement, reports Variety.

In the trial, Marvin Gaye’s family argued that 2013’s “Blurred Lines” copied their father’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up,” and sued Thicke, Williams and rapper T.I.

The musicians have denied stealing any of Gaye’s music. “Blurred Lines” was a huge hit in 2013 and, by many measures, was the top song of the year.

Both Thicke and Williams appeared in court to defend their case, with much of the trial featuring comparisons to both songs. Listening to the juxtaposed bass lines of the two songs in question, Williams even admitted the similarities, saying “It sounds like you’re playing the same thing.”

Still, while testifying last week, Williams said the two songs share “feel — not infringement.”

The eight-person jury closed its full day of closed-door deliberations on Friday, with court resuming on Tuesday.

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