The jury awarded $7.3 million to Gaye’s family, finds Pharrell and Thick copied song for “Blurred Lines”

by Raheem Karim

The eight member jury voted unanimously that Thicke and song producer Williams had infringed on the 1977 Gaye hit song, Got to Give it Up. Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied that song for their own hit song Blurred Lines in 2013

The jury awarded $7.3 million to Gaye’s family. His children — Nona, Frankie and Marvin Gaye III — were present in court when the verdict was read.

The jury reached the decision after hearing nearly a week of testimony about similarities between Blurred Lines — the biggest hit of 2013 — and Gaye’s hit.

Thicke and Williams denied copying. Their song earned more than $5 million apiece for each.

Although both are credited as its songwriters, Williams wrote the song in about an hour in 2012, and the pair recorded it in one night, according to the testimony.

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