PHARRELL WILLIAMS AND ROBIN THICKE CONVICTED OF PLAGIARISM
Heavy fine for both artists!
It's a judicial trouble that has lasted for quite a few years now ... And that has just come to an end, finally! Pursued for sticking too closely a piece of genius Marvin Gaye for their hit Blurred Lines , Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were sentenced to pay several million dollars in fine to the heirs of the singer who died in 1984. Back on this funny case.
"Blurred Lines" or the $ 5 million piece!
The best-selling song in 2013, Blurred Lines was a hit. A sweet hit by Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, featuring with TI, carried by a clip no less spicy, in the presence of stunning models, including Emily Ratajkowski ... But Blurred Lines , it is also a tube that quickly awakened the suspicions of the family of Marvin Gaye , because too much like Got To Give It Up . From there followed a passage in the courts that gave birth to a first sanction: damages and interest of $ 7.4 million.
Nevertheless, in the last instance, the sum has been revised downwards. Robin Thicke and Marvin Gaye have been ordered to pay $ 5 million to Marvin Gaye's heirs . They will also get 50% of the next profits made by Blurred Lines .
Less creative freedom for US artists?
In remarks of 2015 and relayed by the Huffington Post , Pharrell Williams considered the accusation of plagiarism disproportionate. According to him, as for many of the pundits of the US music industry, this is a question of inspiration rather than a simple copy:
" Judgment penalizes any creator performing a work that may have been inspired by another. If we lose our freedom of inspiration, we will wake up one day and the entire entertainment industry will be paralyzed by the procedures . "