Robin Thicke And Pharrell Williams Lose Big In 'Blurred Lines' Plagiarism Suit

By HHL Editors

The jury in the case that pitted Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. against the children of Marvin Gaye has reached a verdict, and it's not good for Thicke and Pharrell.

The pair will have to pay $7.4 million to Gaye's estate because their smash 2013 hit 'Blurred Lines' infringed on the copyright of Gaye's 1977 hit' Got to Give It Up."

T.I. won't be held accountable because his rap portion of the song was deemed original.

Thicke and Pharrell dug themselves in a plagiarism hole before the case was even filed by stating in interviews that the sound of Blurred Lines' was influenced by Gaye.

During the trial, a musicologist concluded the songs had eight similar elements, and the lawyers for Gaye's estate argued 'Blurred Lines' stole 'Gotta To Give Up''s bass and keyboard lines, and also its hook.

Thicke tried to claim he was too drunk and high during the recording process to be responsible for the song.  But the jury didn't buy it and punished both he and Pharrell as the song's writers.

During the trial we learned Thicke and Pharrell each made about $5 million on the song, so they will still both come away with over a million on it.

Something tells us Thicke's going to be missing the money he just lost today more than Skateboard P is.

You can listen to both songs below and judge for yourself.

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