Robin Thicke and Pharrell Appeal ‘Blurred Lines’ Verdict

Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke perform at a Grammy event in Beverly Hills, Calif., Jan. 25, 2014.
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Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams aren’t giving up when it comes to this year’s “Blurred Lines” verdict. The musicians were ordered to pay Marvin Gaye’s family $5 million after losing a copyright-infringement lawsuit involving Gaye’s hit song “Got to Give It Up.”

After losing the lawsuit, Williams and Thicke issued a joint statement saying that they were “reviewing the decision, considering our options, and you will hear more from us soon about this matter.”


On Monday an appeal was filed in California’s Central District, Western Division Court, even though a judge this summer denied their request for a new trial.

According to The Wrap, after all was said and done in the initial trial, a final judgment filed in federal court last week showed that $3,188,527.50 had been awarded to the Gaye family, with Thicke ordered to pay an additional $1,768,191.88 and Williams ordered to pay an additional $357,630.96.

In a statement to The Wrap, Paul Philips, Marvin Gaye III’s attorney, said that he saw the appeal coming.

“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,” Phillips said. “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.”


Maybe Williams and Thicke need to realize, sometimes you just got to give it up and take an L.

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