Remember the first time you heard Robin Thicke and Pharrell William’s song “Blurred Lines” back in 2013 and thought that it sounded like “Got To Give It Up” by Marvin Gaye? Copyright court just so happens to agree with you.
Nona, Frankie and Marvin Gaye III sued Thicke and Williams back in 2013 for copyright infringement on their father’s song, and a jury found in favor of the Gaye family, forcing Thicke and Williams to cough up a combined $7.3 million in fines, according to The Associated Press. Thicke, Williams, and featured guest T.I. have been attempting to plead their case ever since last year, and they released this official statement today. “While we respect the judicial process, we are extremely disappointed in the ruling made today, which sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity going forward. Blurred Lines was created from the heart and minds of Pharrell, Robin and T.I. and not taken from anyone or anywhere else. We are reviewing the decision, considering our options and you will hear more from us soon about this matter.”
So now not only is the song an ode to creepy male pickup tactics, it’s a court officiated act of pop culture vandalism. As far as we can tell, Kendrick Lamar is in the corner, grateful that he dodged a similar bullet last year. If you really need to hear the song again, check it to above.