From the AP
A jury has determined that singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied R&B legend Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give it Up" with their 2013 megahit "Blurred Lines." Thicke and Williams were ordered to pay Gaye's children nearly $7.4 million. The decision could have an unprecedented effect on the industry, but it was only the latest in decades of cases that have taken pop songs from the recording studio to the courtroom over plagiarism allegations. Here are some highlights.
The AP story mentioned the George Harrison My Sweet Lord case.
The New York Daily News gave some quotes
"It’s a beautiful day when you can sit in a courtroom and have justice stand," Gaye's daughter Nona Gaye, 40, told the Daily News Tuesday night.
"I feel free from the pain,” she said. “It felt like a painful joke, those two years knowing our song was copied and not getting any serious feedback from their side. That’s our father, that’s what he left for us, our legacy."
Williams and Thicke quickly issued their own statement, warning that the verdict could have a chilling effect on future songwriting.
"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," the statement issued through Williams’ publicist and the duo’s lawyer said.
"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,” it read.