Pharrell Speaks On “Blurred Lines” Lawsuit, Warns It Will Handicap Artists

by Raheem Karim

Pharrell Williams has finally spoken out about losing the $7.4 million lawsuit to the family of Marvin Gaye. The Gayes sued Pharrell and Robin Thicke for copyright infringement of the R&B legend’s Marvin Gaye song “Got To Give It Up” for their own hit record “Blurred Lines.”

As of the chart issue dated September 7, 2013, the song is the longest-running number-one single of 2013 with 12 weeks at the top. The song subsequently became one of the best-selling singles of all time, with sales of 14.8 million, simultaneously breaking the record for largest radio audience in history.

“The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else,” Pharrell told the Financial Times. “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.”

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