SINGERS Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke have been ordered to pay $US7.3 million to Marvin Gaye’s family after they were found guilty of copying one of his songs to create “Blurred Lines”.
After hearing nearly a week of testimony, a jury decided that Thicke and Williams noticeably ripped off Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up” to create their 2013 smash hit.
ABC reports Gaye’s daughter Nona Gaye said she now feels “free from … Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s chains and what they tried to keep on us and the lies that were told.”
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Williams and Thicke’s lead attorney, Howard King, said the pair are disappointed.
“They’re unwavering in their absolute conviction that they wrote this song independently,” he said.