The Huffington Post reports that Howard King, the attorney representing Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, said on Wednesday (March 11) that they plan on contesting the verdict over their hit “Blurred Lines.”
This week, an L.A. jury decided that the song did infringe the copyright of Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up,” and the court concluded that the Motown singer’s estate should receive $7.4 million, based on the profits made on “Blurred Lines.”
“Based upon their own feelings that they created ‘Blurred Lines’ from their own hearts and souls and no one else, and based on feedback from other prominent songwriters, (Thicke and Williams) feel they owe it to the creative world to make sure this verdict does not stand,” King said on behalf of his clients.
King said that they’ll contest the verdict based on a musicologist’s testimony on the behalf of the Gaye estate; the testimony compared the two songs, but used elements of “Got to Give It Up” that were not in the written composition.
“Clearly the jury relied on what that expert said in reaching their conclusion,” King said.
Gaye’s estate was only able to sue for the written composition, because it’s the only copyright they hold. Sound recordings were not eligible for copyright at the time of the song’s creation.
If his request to the judge for the verdict to be thrown out is denied, King will seek a retrial, but otherwise, he’ll be appealing the judgment.
Although Richard Busch, the estate’s attorney, hasn’t commented on the plan to contest, he did say earlier this week that he plans on seeking an injunction so that “Blurred Lines” can no longer be distributed.