A judge on Tuesday trimmed over $2 million from the verdict against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over their hit “Blurred Lines,” but Marvin Gaye’s family buy a significant share of future earnings through the 2013 hit song.
U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt ruled that this copyright infringement verdict a jury reached in March really should be cut from nearly $7.4 million to $5.3 million. The judge’s ruling, however, gives Gaye’s family half of the song’s future royalties.
Kronstadt’s 56-page ruling handled several post-trial issues, including a request by Thicke and Williams’ lawyers for the new trial. The judge rejected that motion, and as well refused to issue an injunction requested by Gaye’s family that could have temporarily blocked sales and gratifaction of “Blurred Lines.”
The jury in March sided with Gaye’s family, who contended “Blurred Lines” copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up.”
Jurors discovered that rapper T.I., who received songwriting credit along with a share in the royalties, didn’t commit copyright infringement, but Kronstadt ruled Tuesday that other elements in the jury’s verdict mean he or she must be within the judgment.
Howard King, a lawyer for Thicke and Williams, said he used to be reviewing the ruling together with no immediate comment.
“Mr. Thicke and Williams, as well as their legal team, a few, continued a advertising campaign as soon as the jury’s verdict criticizing the verdict and saying the evidence failed to support the finding of copyright infringement, and would not believe the decision on liability would therefore stand,” the Gaye family’s attorney, Richard Busch, wrote inside a statement. “The judge who actually heard all in the evidence disagreed. I am thrilled for your Gaye family, plus the thoughtful members from the jury, who were forced to listen to all the while remaining silent.”
Busch said he with his fantastic team were reviewing the ruling and would discuss methods of how the cut in the verdict could well be handled.
Williams can be a 10-time Grammy Award winner whose songs which he’s either performed or produced have sold a lot more than 100 million copies worldwide. His hit “Happy” has helped lead him to a household name, as has his serve as a judge on NBC’s singing competition show, “The Voice.”
Williams contended through the trial that she was only attempting to mimic the “feel” of Gaye’s late 1970s music and insisted he wouldn’t use aspects of his idol’s work.
“Blurred Lines,” that was the biggest song of 2013, remains Thicke’s biggest hit.