It was bad enough when Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams tried to ruin the summer of 2013 with their smug turd of a pop tune, "Blurred Lines." But that was just one summer, and it was somewhat redeemed by Pharrell's other big 2013 collab, "Get Lucky." Within a few months, we forgot what rhymes with "Hug me" and moved on.
Universal/Interscope/Star Trak The "Blurred Lines" single cover art
But this time, they've really gone and done it. By losing in the "Blurred Lines" versus "Got to Give It Up" copyright lawsuit, Thicke and Pharrell are going to jack up the entire music industry, opening the floodgates to all sorts of frivolous plagiarism claims that will take years to sort out.
A bit of background, in case you've been sleeping in a hyperbaric chamber for the past month: The estate of the late Marvin Gaye sued Thicke, Pharrell, and rapper T.I. as the songwriters behind "Blurred Lines," because the Gaye estate felt (and pretty much the entire internet agreed) that it was a blatant ripoff of Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up." Yesterday, a jury agreed, ordering Pharrell and Thicke to pay the Gaye estate more than $7 million for copyright infringement. (T.I., because his contribution consisted only of a guest rap, was exonerated.)More »