Update: Howard King, the lawyer who represented Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams during this case, told Fox Business Network that he would appeal the decision. (via Billboard)


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It's finally happened. Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have got to pay $7.3 million dollars in damages to Marvin Gaye's estate. Well, whatever way you thought it was going to go, 'Blurred Lines' does sound really similar to Marvin Gaye's 1977 song 'Got To Give It Up'.

The news arrives after almost two years of legal drama came to a close when an eight-person jury handed down the verdict following a week-long trial, during which there attempts on both sides to claim they were in the right. For instance, Robin Thicke reportedly sang many different songs, explaining that although they contained the same chord progressions, they sounded different.

Pharrell himself was asked to perform the basslines from both tracks, one after the other, after which he did admit they sounded similar. However, he said at the time: "The last thing you want to do as a creator is take something of someone else’s when you love him." Fair enough, we think.

However, the nail in the coffin came when prosectors brought up interviews with the pair, in which both cite Marvin Gaye as an influence, specifically mentioning 'Got To Give It Up' by name, and (worst of all for their case) Pharrell claiming he was "trying to pretend" that he was Marvin Gaye when he actually wrote the song – an unfortunate choice of words.

Pharrell, Thicke and T.I. issued a statement following the decision:

"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. Blurred Lines was created from the heart and minds of Pharrell, Robin and T.I. and 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."

To give a little background to the case: In October 2014 a judge ruled that 'Blurred Lines' was "substantially similar" to 'Got To Give It Up'. This was after Robin Thicke pre-emptively sued Marvin Gaye's family in August 2013, and a few months later in October of the same year when the family countersued Thicke et al. over the similarities between the two songs. Will there be more countersuing in light of the defending party's defiant statement? Time shall tell.

The video below demonstrates said similarities.