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Pharrell: ‘Blurred Lines’ Verdict ‘Handicaps Any Creator Out There’

pharrell-robin-thicke-blurred-lines-T.I*Pharrell Williams and his team want a new trial in the “Blurred Lines” case.  A hearing is scheduled for Monday, June 29.

Back in March, Williams and Robin Thicke were found guilty of copyright infringement. They were ordered to pay $7.3 million to Marvin Gaye‘s family due to the similarities between “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.”

“The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else,” Williams told the Financial Times back in March. “This applies to fashion, music, design… anything.”

“If we lose our freedom to be inspired, we’re going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as we know it will be frozen in litigation,” he added. “This is about protecting the intellectual rights of people who have ideas.”

Gaye’s family put out a statement via Rolling Stone. “Like most artists, they could have licensed and secured the song for appropriate usage; a simple procedure usually arranged in advance of the song’s release” and “Instead of licensing our father’s song and giving him the appropriate songwriter credit, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams released “Blurred Lines” and then filed a pre-emptive lawsuit against us, forcing us into court.”

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