The “Blurred Lines” Between Influence and Copying
James C. Wilson | March 13th, 2015
On March 10th a jury in Los Angeles ordered songwriters Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke to Pay $7.3 million to the family of Marvin Gaye. The jury found that Williams and Thicke’s hit song, “Blurred Lines”, infringed on the copyright of Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.” While Thicke and Williams have previously acknowledged Gaye’s influence on “Blurred Lines”, both have denied any intentional copying.
This is not the first case in which a popular song has been put on trial for copyright infringement. ...