‘Blurred Lines’ duo found liable for plagiarizing Marvin Gaye

A jury decides that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams plagiarized part of their hit song, “Blurred Lines.”

(INTERSCOPE RECORDS) – Recording stars Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were found liable on Tuesday (March 10) for copyright infringement in a lawsuit accusing them of plagiarizing the late soul singer Marvin Gaye in their hit single “Blurred Lines.”

The U.S. District Court jury in Los Angeles sided with Gaye’s heirs in the closely watched litigation, finding that parts of his 1977 hit “Got to Give it Up” were lifted by Thicke and Williams for their summer 2013 R&B chart-topper.

The jury verdict included a judgment of $7.4 million to be awarded to Gaye’s heirs, including $3.4 million in profits that Thicke and Williams were found to have derived from the infringement.

Several other parties sued by Gaye’s estate, the rapper T.I. and various record and music companies, were cleared of copyright infringement on “Got to Give it Up.”

Gaye’s daughter, Nona Gaye, hugged her attorney and wept as the court clerk read the verdict capping a weeklong trial that delved into the boundaries between artistic inspiration and theft.