Marvin Gaye family awarded $5m from 'Blurred Lines' case

Singer Pharrell Williams and singer Robin Thicke perform together at the Walmart annual shareholders meeting in Fayetteville Arkansas

Blurred Lines: Robin Thicke and Pharrell to pay $5m in copyright case

Blurred Lines reached No 1 in the U.S. and United Kingdom in 2013, becoming Thicke's biggest hit to date, eventually generating a total of $16.6m in revenue (with Thicke and Williams earning $5m each).

Well, there are no 'Blurred Lines' anymore, folks...the legal battle dating back to 2013 over whether the talented Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke stole Marvin Gaye's classic track 'Got To Give It Up' has finally come to an end.

The appeal decision was upheld by two judges against one - the latter, Jacqueline Nguyen, argued that the songs "differed in melody, harmony and rhythm" and said the verdict "strikes a devastating blow to future musicians and composers everywhere".

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Thicke was ordered to pay an additional US$1.76 million.

In addition, Gaye's family will be entitled to 50% of any future royalties earned by "Blurred Lines", which was the biggest-selling single around the world in 2013. Thicke additionally was arranged to pay more than $1.7 million and Williams and his distributing company must pay $357,631 to Gaye's home.

Blurred Lines generated a total of $16.5m in revenue, costing Universal Music Group an estimated $6.9m in overheads.

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The verdict caps a long-drawn legal battle that was closely watched by the music industry.

Many in the music industry were alarmed by the initial verdict, as it was exclusively based on the "feel" of Gaye's original, rather than its melody or lyrics. She concluded that the ruling "establishes a unsafe precedent that strikes a devastating blow to future musicians and composers everywhere". Miley Cyrus, Mark Ronson, Ed Sheeran, and Bruno Mars have been involved in similar cases.

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