Sunday, May 3, 2015

Homage or Theft? A Closer Look at the ‘Blurred Lines’ Verdict

A federal jury in Los Angeles on Tuesday ordered singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams to pay about $7.4 million to the family of Marvin Gaye, after finding the duo's 2013 hit song "Blurred Lines" copied parts of Mr. Gaye's "Got to Give it Up."

The verdict, which was returned after several days of deliberation, represents a significant win for the three children of Mr. Gaye, who died in 1984. The children claimed that "Blurred Lines" was more than a simple homage to Mr. Gaye and his 1970s sound. Rather, they alleged that parts of the song stole directly from Mr. Gaye's 1977 song.

For now, a few questions.

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