Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke must pay US$5 million to settle Blurred Lines copyright suit

Pharrell Williams had argued that he and Robin Thicke had evoked the feel of Marvin Gaye's song in Blurred Lines, and that there was no copyright infringement.
Pharrell Williams had argued that he and Robin Thicke had evoked the feel of Marvin Gaye's song in Blurred Lines, and that there was no copyright infringement.PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK - The final verdict has been reached.

Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke have to pay nearly US$5 million (S$6.9 million) to the family of Marvin Gaye.

A plagiarism case found similarity between their hit 2013 song Blurred Lines and Gaye's 1977 song Got To Give It Up.

The Gaye family alleged that Blurred Lines had borrowed from Got To Give It Up.

But Williams argued that he and Thicke had evoked the feel of Gaye's song in Blurred Lines, and that there was no copyright infringement.