‘Blurred Lines’ Drama Continues, Pharrell + Robin Thicke File Appeal
According to The Wrap, Thicke, Williams and T.I. filed an appeal today (December 8), staunchly defending their claim that the track does not infringe on the classic Marvin Gaye song “Got to Give It Up.”
Earlier this year, the initial court battle -- which highlighted some truly erratic behavior on Thicke's part, including delivering his court testimony through a piano medley -- came to a close when a judge ruled in favor of the Gaye family, ordering Williams and Thicke to pay them $7.3 million as a result of copyright infringement.
Marvin Gaye III’s attorney, Paul Phillips, responded to the motion, saying he is “confident” that the appeal will not overturn the earlier verdict. He said, “The move to appeal our judgment is no surprise — it’s a common response made by the losing litigant. That said, we remain confident that the appeal will have no merit, and when it fails, the Thicke / Williams camp will find themselves faced with the same judgment they’re facing today."
He continued, "Meanwhile, the Gaye family’s entitlement to half of the ‘Blurred Lines’ royalties will have continued to grow over time. What I’m saying is that this appeal only delays the inevitable — we aren’t going anywhere.”
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