Singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams are to appeal a court ruling over their song ‘Blurred Lines’. The duo were sued over claims that they had plagiarised Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit ‘Got To Give It Up’.
It was one of the biggest new stories of 2015 and forced the music industry to re-draw the line between inspiration and plagiarism. ‘Blurred Lines’ was released on March 26, 2013 and became one of the most popular hits of the year. It hit the number one spot in over 20 countries worldwide and made an almost overnight star of singer Robin Thicke.
The song also became well known for its raunchy music video, however this was to take a back seat as a bigger controversy began to unfold.
By 2014, the singers were locked into an intense legal battle with the estate of legendary soul singer Marvin Gaye, who felt that they should be granted royalties for ‘Blurred Lines’ shocking similarities to Gaye’s own music.
Gaye’s children were eventually awarded $7.4 million in royalties and Thicke and Williams were branded liars and left with a black mark against their reputations.
It has been reported this week that both Thicke and Williams are to appeal the court hearing . The appeal states: “What happened was a cascade of legal errors, warranting this court’s reversal or new trial.” It goes on to list “errors” made in the original trial, including that it was biased to allow musicologists hired by Gaye’s team to only play selected excerpts from both songs, rather than play each track in full. It is also appealing the judge’s decision not to instruct the jury to base its verdict on actual similarities between the song, rather than “non-copyright” similarities.”
‘Blurred Lines’ is not the only song that has been targeted by Gaye’s family in recent years. Ed Sheeran was also sued last month for similarities between his song ‘Thinking Out Loud’ and Gaye’s hit ‘Lets Get It On’.